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The truth about Indian Mujahideen
Vicky Nanjappa
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November 23, 2007 23:01 IST
Last Updated: November 24, 2007 00:58 IST

A previously unheard of group called the Indian Mujahideen claiming the responsibility for the Uttar Pradesh multiple blasts has put the investigating officers in a spot of bother.

The Intellgience Bureau claimed that this is a new ploy by terror outfits to misguide investigating agencies. Intelligence sources said the Indian Mujahedeen is just a name used by outfits banned by the Indian government.

The sources said the Indian Mujahedeen comprises activists from banned outfits like Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami and the Students Islamic Movement of India.

The sources said Friday's blasts are the handy work of the HuJI, which has been held responsible for both the Hyderabad and Ajmer Dargah blasts.

The heat was on the HuJI and hence it was important for them to give their outfit a new name in India.

The Indian Mujahedeen also has youngsters who were part of SIMI. There are reports that several youngsters from the banned outfit had been recruited into various terror outfits including HuJI.

The SIMI, which operates under different names including the Indian Mujahedeen, had intensified its operations in Uttar Pradesh of late.

Intelligence sources said it is clear that Friday's blasts were carried out by the HuJI in the name of the Indian Mujahedeen. The sources also said there is every chance of Indian Mujahedeen being linked with the Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen too.

An IB official pointed out that the e-mail sent by this outfit is in the name of Mohammad Shameem. Mohammad Shameem in the records is clearly a HuJI operative and has been involved in the recruitment of youth in India and also planning terror strikes. Shameem has been responsible for operations in the northern part of India.

The police said that of late there has been a lot of recruitment to these terror outfits.

Most of these youngsters are recruited from Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, the sources claimed.

For the HuJI, it was important to stay in the news as well as conceal their identity. Hence, a new wing called the Indian Mujahedeen had been floated. There was international pressure building on the HuJI and the outfit realised that there was a need to conceal its identity as well as conduct a terror strike.

The IB says that there are no differences between any of these outfits and ultimately their goal is the same. By giving a new name, terror outfits try to distract investigating agencies. By the time the investigators manage to crack down on the exact organisation, these outfits would already be planning their next attack, the sources said.

The HuJI through this new outfit is trying to make the common man believe that the Indian Muslim is not being treated well and hence there was need to conduct such attacks, the sources said. Whichever the organisation might be, the only motive is to cause communal disharmony across the country, the IB pointed out.

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