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Jihadi CDs in circulation since a year: Official

July 09, 2007 17:54 IST

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In the wake of reports that the Bangalore police had seized compact disks comprising jihadi propoganda from terror suspect Khafeel Ahmed's house, a top police official on Monday said such CDs have been in private circulation in Bangalore for the past one year.

"We had information that compact disks running down the West and highlighting the role of the West in the Iraq war have been in circulation for the past one year," a senior intelligence official told PTI.

"We have been on the look out for such material. No seizures of such material had been made before the unearthing of the UK terror plot," he said.

Asked why no steps had been taken despite such information being available with the police, he said no action had been taken because these disks were restricted to private circulation and had not come into the public domain as yet.

Such disks, comprising speeches by Islamic leaders exhorting people to wage a jihad, were in circulation not only in Bangalore, but in other parts of India as well. The origin of the production of such disks were not currently known, he said.

The CDs sometime only contain pure religious discourses or comments on religion, some exhort people to jihad and still others have Iraq war related content, he said.

On police seizing the disks from Khafeel's house, he said, "Police will verify whether the disks contain any objectionable material or provocative statements or if they had violated any Indian laws. Depending on the situation, police would decide the next course of action."

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