Indian Mujahideen, who? when? where?July 28th, 2008 - 3:31 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot
After the blasts in ‘IT city’, Bangalore last week and serial bombings in Ahmedabad on Saturday, India , people want to know more about Indian Mujahideen.
The unheard group ‘Indian Mujahideen‘ have claimed themselves the responsibility of several civilian attacks in India. Phone calls and a 14-page manifesto e-mail sent by the Indian Mujahideen to over 20 media houses including some foreign news organizations, before Saturday’s serial bombings Ahmedabad.
Titled “The Rise of Jihad“, the manifesto says the bombings were carried out to avenge the 2002 anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat. “In the light of the injustice and wrongs on the Muslims of Gujarat,” it says, “we advance our jihad and call all our brethren under it to unite and answer these irresolute kafireen [infidels] of India.”
The e-mail warned future attacks and complained the police “disturbed us by arresting, imprisoning, and torturing our brothers in the name of SIMI [Students Islamic Movement of India].”
Before May’s serial bomb strikes in Jaipur, similar messages had also been sent from the IM, saying “to clearly give our message to Kuffar-e-Hind [the infidels of India] that if Islam and Muslims in this country are not safe then the light of your safety will also go off very soon.”
In 2007, similar document had been sent to television stations minutes before the bombing of three trial-court buildings in Uttar Pradesh. The e-mail said it was retaliating against “wounds given by the idol worshipers of India.”
Investigations maid into the Jaipur and UP serial blasts led to a nondescript cyber cafe and then to servers in France and other European countries. Investigators say the Indian Mujhadeen is a front for groups operating out of Pakistan most likely the Lasker-e-Toiba.
Intelligence Bureau officials said The reason for the new nomenclature is two fold. One, the Inter Services Intelligence ( external intelligence agency of Pakistan) makes efforts to create new outfits to operate in the Indian heartland since Pakistan is usually accused of complicity in such attacks, which is turning up the heat on that country in international circles.
Two, SIMI, which has been on the run since the crackdown on it in Madhya Pradesh and elsewhere, realizes that any terror attack under its aegis is self-defeating since its top leadership is in jail and freely accessible for interrogation.
IB says, is made up of members from the lower rungs of the Students Islamic Movement of India who have sent out threatening e-mails and even carrying out attacks.
The e-mail ids used : firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
IB assumed that SIMI under the guise of the Indian Mujahideen is planning more strikes in New Delhi, Ghaziabad, Chennai, Gujarat and Bangalore.
“It is clear that the new outfit is a combination of the HuJI and SIMI. The latter organization has been trying to regroup following the major crackdown on its leaders in Indore” said the IB officers.