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Investigators say Indian Mujahideen is SIMI, V2.0

Text: Vicky Nanjappa

July 27, 2008
Investigators are pursuing the line that the Indian Mujahideen, which sent an e-mail alert about Saturday's Ahmedabad blasts and an e-mail after last year's Uttar Pradesh blasts, is the Students Islamic Movement of India in a new guise.

The reason for the new nomenclature is two fold, say Intelligence Bureau officials.

One, Pakistan's external intelligence agency, the Inter Services Intelligence, has been making consistent 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, realises that any terror attack under its aegis is self-defeating since its top leadership is in jail and freely accessible for interrogation.

Hence, the Indian Mujahideen.

Image: Vehicles burn after serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

Photograph: PTI Photo


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