Provocative Al-Qaeda CDs find their way into Bihar

The CDs - in Arabic language with English sub-titles – exhort the youth to resort to "jehad for a larger cause", reports Arun Kumar.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2007 21:25 IST
Arun Kumar

Provocative CDs containing speeches and messages from Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his associates have been found in circulation in selective parts of Bihar. The CDs - in Arabic language with English sub-titles – exhort the youth to resort to "jehad for a larger cause".

"Till we meet again, we request you to make dua for every one who contributed to the preparation of the CD. And may Allah reward everyone who participates in its circulation and distribution," says the last message of the CD, which contains video footage of Taliban training camps and news clippings highlighting atrocities against Muslims.

The CD is of nearly 90-minute duration and has been apparently prepared using inputs from different sources. It has several news clippings, Osama's speeches, Omar Abdullah's visuals and visuals of Farooq Training Camp in the mountains. The location of shooting is not known.

"We have left our homes and families to seeks the pleasure of Allah. The fire does not touch the feet covered in dust for the cause of Allah (jehad). We are raising the banner of brothers," say the transcripts in English.

It shows the Taliban fighters going through rigorous training and doing target practice on the portrait of former US president Bill Clinton. The footage shows both old Osama moving in the mountains as well as the young Osama in uniform.

It is not yet known how the Al-Qaeda propaganda reached Bihar. One of the CDs was found at Jagdishpur in Bhojpur district. Similar CDs are said to have been circulated in Muslim pockets along the Bihar-Nepal border. The CDs reportedly came from Nepal and have set the alarm bells ringing.

Last year, two suspected Al-Qaeda activists, Kamal Ansari and Khalid, were picked up from Bihar's Madhubani district following the Mumbai train blast.

Police, however, seem to have no clue about it. "I have been shown the CD and our experts will analyse it before I can make any comment. We will certainly try to find out the details," IG (headquarters) Anil Sinha said.

Purnea SP Sudhanshu Kumar said that he had alerted all the police stations close to the Nepal border following reports of the CD. "We don't have any such information so far. But we will take all precautions in view of such developments," he added.

First Published: Apr 13, 2007 21:19 IST