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Smaller module behind Delhi blast: IB

Vicky Nanjappa | September 27, 2008 17:47 IST

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Jaipur [Images], Bengaluru [Images], Ahmedabad [Images], Delhi [Images] and Delhi again. The list seems to be endless. The pattern is getting too similar. A bomb blast occurs, the police cracks down on suspects and then another one goes off.

Intelligence Bureau officials say that the motive is pretty much clear in the latest Delhi attack. Although the Indian Mujahideen [Images] has not claimed responsibility for the blasts this time, the message of the outfit is very clear in this attack.

The IM had made light of the arrests in the aftermath of the Gujarat blasts and also challenged the police officials by saying, "Stop us if you can."

The IB says that the latest blast in Delhi was the handiwork of a smaller module. Larger modules usually employ smaller modules when the heat is raised against them. First and foremost, the heat on smaller modules is lower and a 24/7 tab is not kept on such modules.

The irony, however, is that terror cells have taken it upon themselves to recruit more and more persons. The ratio, according to the IB, is pretty alarming. For every one person arrested in the country, four more persons are being recruited. A recent report on the Students Islamic Movement of India also shows that the outfit has become so strong that it is capable of outsourcing people to other countries.

The IB says that the problem has become deep rooted and the war against terror has become tougher to fight in India.

Security agencies in the country have just woken up to the problem, but had kept quiet at the time recruitments were taking place.

A senior police officer from Bengaluru told that the problem was that no one was keeping an eye on the largescale recruitments that were taking place within the country.

The interrogations conducted on various suspected militants suggest that a new modus operandi had been adopted by terror agencies the moment the heat was stepped up on the borders.

If one takes a close look ever since the Mecca Masjid blasts in Hyderabad, the use of foreign modules has stopped almost completely.

Another thing that was pretty much evident was that the use of RDX has come to a standstill since the Mecca Masjid blasts. While Neogel-90 was used in the twin blasts in Hyderabad, all the recent blasts have seen the use of ammonium nitrate, thanks to its easy availability.

The IB says that the infiltration of terrorists from across the borders have been successfully curbed to a large extent, but the worry is the growing number of recruitments in the country.

The police ought to keep a tab on smaller outfits, which will prove to be dangerous in the coming days. The affidavit of the home ministry before the Supreme Court also suggests that SIMI [Images] is operating through several frontal organisations.

According to the IB, these frontal outfits are capable of undertaking small operations, like the one that occurred in New Delhi today.

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