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Blasts probe reveals split within Indian society
Sheela Bhatt in Ahmedabad | August 16, 2008 20:05 IST
Last Updated: August 16, 2008 22:28 IST
One does not need to be a political scientist to understand the seriousness of the details of the Ahmedabad [Images] serial blasts case that Gujarat Director General of Police P C Pande, Police Commissioner (Baroda) Rakesh Asthana and Anti-Terrorist Squad head Ashish Bhatia were giving to media persons on Saturday.
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The case has been solved and details that are emerging are not just worrying but show the spilt within the Indian society. Within the jungles of Kerala [Images] and Gujarat, training camps are organised where training to plant bombs is being imparted to young Indian Muslims.
Investigations into the serial blasts have revealed that the terrorists are all Indians and most of them are below 30. None of the arrested youth is a victim of communal riots of 2002.
So far, nine people have been arrested in Gujarat. Some of them have taken training in handling arms in jungles near Ernakulam, Kerala. All of them have some connection to the Students Islamic Movement of India. Some may even have connection to the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, DGP Pande said
The network of people, who are planting bombs and taking innocent lives with such regularity and ease within India, is not just restricted to few states. The arms training camp, which took place in Kerala in December 2007, had Muslim youth from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh [Images], Jharkhand and Kerala.
Besides the use of weapons, they were also taught how to escape on motor cycle, how to use human rights institutions if and when they are arrested and how to face police investigations.
All of them were given fake names so that even if they get arrested, police could not trace their accomplices.
SIMI [Images] chief Safdar Nagori, who was arrested in March 2008, gave lectures to provoke the youth in the Kerala camp.
Zaheed Sheikh of Juhapura, Yunus Mansoori, Samsuddin Sheikh and Arif Kagzi (all three from Ahmedabad) helped in planting of bombs. From Baroda, Imran and Iqbal were motivated to join arms training and the conspiracy. In fact, Mufti visited Baroda many times.
Police has traced details of five mobile numbers, which were discontinued after the bomb blasts of July 26. The Intelligence Bureau helped lead investigators to Mufti Bashir.
Once Zaheed Sheikh was arrested in Ahmedabad, he spilled the beans and police did not waste time in arresting rest of the team members. Zaheed was living in Kalupur, an old city area dominated by Muslims, but recently he shifted to the 'mixed' locality of Bapunagar.
Police has also been able to establish the entire chain of events. The bombs were made in Baroda; Iqbal and Sajid were executors of bomb-making plans.
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