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Two absconding Indian Mujahideen members joined ISIS: Govt tells Lok Sabha

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Chaudhary said there are no intelligence inputs of members of SIMI seeking shelter in Nepal etc.

Two absconding members of the banned Indian Mujahideen have joined the dreaded terrorist group ISIS, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.”There are intelligence inputs of one or two members of the Indian Mujahideen, who were absconding from India since many years, having joined the ISIS/ISIL,” Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.Chaudhary said there are no intelligence inputs of members of SIMI seeking shelter in Nepal etc.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”However, the members of the Indian Mujahideen have been known to have hideouts in Nepal, the Gulf and in Pakistan,” he said.

SIMI activist Abu Faisal awarded life imprisonment

In a broad daylight murder, Faisal, Aijazuddin and Mohammed Aslam had shot dead the constable in Khandwa and minutes later killed two more people.

The court had on Friday held Faisal guilty of murder, criminal conspiracy, unlawful activities and illegal possession of arms in this case.

A Bhopal Court on Saturday awarded life imprisonment to SIMI activist Abu Faisal in connection with the murder of Special Armed Force (SAF) constable Ghisiram Yadav at Khandwa in 2009. The court had on Friday held Faisal guilty of murder, criminal conspiracy, unlawful activities and illegal possession of arms in this case. In a broad daylight murder, Faisal, Aijazuddin and Mohammed Aslam had shot dead the constable in Khandwa and minutes later killed two more people. Aijazuddin and Aslam were killed in an encounter in Telangana in April this year. Faisal was also the mastermind of jailbreak in Khandwa after which six SIMI activists escaped in October 2013. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

BJP MLA compares Sanatan Sanstha with SIMI, seeks ban for ‘spreading terror’

A BJP MLA on Tuesday sought a ban on Sanatan Sanstha, whose member was arrested in connection with the murder of Left leader Govind Pansare, for “creating terror” like Students and Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

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A BJP MLA on Tuesday sought a ban on Sanatan Sanstha, whose member was arrested in connection with the murder of Left leader Govind Pansare, for “creating terror” like Students and Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).Sanatan Sanstha, headquartered at Ramnathi Ashram in North Goa district, is under the scanner since the arrest of Sameer Gaikwad in connection with Pansare’s killing earlier this year and the alleged role of absconding member Rudra Patil in the 2009 Madgaon blast.”Violence is not an answer to ideological differences. These things are being done to create terror. I feel that like SIMI, ‘Sanatan Sanstha’ should also be banned,” Vishnu Wagh, a prominent BJP leader who represents St Andre constituency, said in Panaji on Tuesday. Wagh, also a writer, claimed that Sanatan was banned in some countries.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Sanatan is active in various countries. They are banned in some countries. They are spreading their tentacles everywhere,” the legislator said.Referring to the “proactive” stand of the BJP-led state government in banning entry of controversial Sri Ram Sene leader Pramod Muthalik in the state till January 14, 2016, Wagh said such action is needed against Sanatan.”Muthalik was banned even before he could enter the state. Muthalik had done nothing in Goa but still we took proactive steps. Such steps are required against Sanatan Sanstha,” the MLA said. Sanatan has already ruled out its or Gaikwad’s role in Pansare’s murder.The chorus for banning Sanatan is growing since the arrest of Gaikwad and purported similarities between murders of Pansare and Kannada scholar MM Kalburgi, with the NCP and Congress in Maharashtra separately raising the pitch for outlawing the organisation.

Telangana encounter: Holes in the police story, say rights activists

Hyderabad: Close on the heels of two fierce encounters in which two alleged SIMI activists, who had fled Khandwa jail in 2013 and were involved in several crimes after that, were killed at Janakipuram of Mothkur mandal in Nalgonda district of Telangana, the Telangana state police on Tuesday killed five alleged Islamist terror operatives near Alair in Nalgonda district. However, rights activists smell a rat in the encounter.

Police men stand guard at the spot where five alleged Islamist militants were shot dead in an encounter near Alair in Nalgonda district of Telangana on Tuesday. PTIPolice men stand guard at the spot where five alleged Islamist militants were shot dead in an encounter near Alair in Nalgonda district of Telangana on Tuesday. PTI

Police men stand guard at the spot where five alleged Islamist militants were shot dead in an encounter near Alair in Nalgonda district of Telangana on Tuesday. PTI

Police officials said Viqaruddin Ahmed, a member of Tahreek Galba-e-Islam (TGI), and four others were killed in the encounter when they tried to “overpower” the police and snatch their weapons while being taken to Hyderabad to be produced in a court on Tuesday morning.

All the five were under-trial prisoners lodged in Warangal central prison on charges of several terror cases, including killing of policemen, opening fire at police pickets and several other cases between 2007 and 2010. Viqaruddin Ahmed was arrested by the Hyderabad City Police on 14 July 2010.

The police said that the incident occurred at Kandigadda hamlet around 10.30 when Viqaruddin sought to attend a nature’s call and wanted the vehicle to be stopped. Taking advantgae of the situation, the five prisoners “attacked the police personnel and snatched a weapon to open fire”. However, the other alert policemen sprayed bullets on them killing all on the spot. Apart from Viqaruddin, four others who were killed included Amjad alias Suleman, Zakir, Izhar Khan and Hanif. All of them were arrested the same day in 2010.

Viqaruddin, who started off as a member of DJS (Darsgah-e-Jihad-o-Shahdat), eventually snapped connections with the organisation in 2007 after the Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad. He began recruiting and training activists for other modules and launched his own outfit called TGI. He was notorious for his daredevil act of opening fire at the police in broad daylight on more than one occasion.

While the whole police department is seething with anger and has become extra-alert after the encounters late last week in which four policemen besides SIMI activists Aslam Ayub and Aizajuddin were killed, the case of the killing of the five prisoners turns out to be interesting.

Revolutionary writer Varavara Rao told Firstpost that the killing of Viqaruddin and other prisoners was an effort on the part of Telangana government to “boost the sagging morale of the police” who were rattled by the two earlier encounters in Nalgonda district. He said after initial claims that SIMI activists were killed the government had to eat crow when the official statement by Home Minister N Narasimha Reddy said that the slain terror suspects were just ‘UP gang robbers’ and had nothing to do with SIMI.

In the present case, he said, there was no big forest between Warangal and Hyderabad and that the undertrial prisoners couldn’t have had the strength to attack the police. “This encounter killing is pre-planned and the KCR government has been spending a lot on the police since its ascent to power,” he said.

Viqaruddin’s father Mohammed Hymad said that he would go to the high court seeking an inquiry into the encounter killing of his son and four others. He felt that it was not an encounter, but a cold-blooded murder by the police.

5 escaped SIMI terrorists pose major security challenge: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Five terrorists belonging to banned SIMI, who escaped from a jail in Madhya Pradesh, have emerged as a major security challenge to the country and Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to take urgent steps to apprehend them.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. ReutersUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Reuters

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Reuters

In a letter to Chouhan, Singh said that five under-trial militants of SIMI escaped from the state’s Khandwa jail on 1 October, 2013 but even after “a lapse of more than a year”, the terrorists are yet to be arrested.

Singh said there are reasons to believe that this group of escaped SIMI terrorists has carried out bomb blasts and committed other crimes in different parts of the country.

“In fact, this group has emerged as a major security challenge to the country and has managed to successfully to evade arrest by the law enforcement agencies of different states,” he wrote.

The Home Minister told the Chief Minister that the SIMI terrorists belong to Madhya Pradesh and hence the state police have the primary responsibility to bring back them.

Based on the inputs provided by the central intelligence agencies, all states have also been asked to look for the five SIMI members – Mohammad Aijajudden, Mohammad Aslam, Amjad Khan, Zakir Hussain Sadiq and Mehboob Guddu, official sources said.

The last known locations of at least two fugitives happened to be in Karnataka.

The five, along with Faisal, the leader of the gang, and another prisoner, had made an audacious escape from the district jail in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh after scaling a 14-foot wall.

While the seventh prisoner surrendered the next day and Faisal was caught in December 2013 from Barwani in Madhya Pradesh, the five accused are still at large.

Interestingly, Mehboob’s mother Najma Bee has gone missing from their home in Khandwa last year and is believed to be hiding along with her son.

The suspects’ have traced to Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

The group is suspected to be involved in a bank robbery in Karimnagar (Telangana) on 1 February, 2014, blast in a Bangalore-Guwahati train at the Chennai Central station that killed a young software engineer on 1 May, 2014 and the 10 July, 2014 explosion near Faraskhana and Vishrambag police stations in Pune.

The five were jailed for the first time in June 2011 on charges of murdering policemen, attempts to murder, bank robberies and for inciting communal tension while working for SIMI.

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