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Kerala police on high alert following SIMI threat

July 20, 2009 22:50 IST
The Central intelligence has sent a warning note to the Kerala police on the possible regrouping of the banned Islamic organisation, Students Islamic Movement of India.

Sources in the state police headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram told that the top brass of the state police had a brain storming session to tackle the SIMI menace and to prevent the bad reputation it had --  following the SIMI camp held at Panayikulam in Aluva in Ernakulam district on August 15, 2006.

It may be recalled that a series of bomb explosions rocked the country after this meeting, killing scores of innocent people in Delhi, Jaipur, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Several arrested militants revealed that the SIMI meeting held at Panayikulam was crucial in planning the bomb blasts in various parts of the country.

Sources in the state police told that the intelligence agencies have changed its perspective and has realized that Kerala has now turned into the epicentre of the Islamic fundamentalism.

The Central intelligence agencies has corroborated several evidences which are linking the role of some Islamic organisations in the state which are actively involved in divisionism and secessionism, and is exporting terror to other countries as well.

The recent arrest of Omar Madani from Bihar and his revelations, which were not publicised by the Central intelligence agencies, are clearly pointing to the role
played by some Kerala-based organisations in a series of bomb explosions that rocked country.

According to a highly placed source in the Central intelligence agency, the agency is even suspecting the involvement of some Keralites in the bombing in United Kingdom.

A top police officer with the central intelligence bureau told, that the book Afghan written by American author Fredrik Frosyth has mentioned about six Keralites who were involved in blowing up a ship in the banks of
the Mediterranean Sea, bringing extensive damage to an island nation.

The book was written in 2003, much before the Indian agencies pointed towards the role of Keralites in destructive activities.

This officer noted that an American author would not write such a book without extensive research and clear inputs from Western intelligence agencies.

This shows that the trend of nurturing Kerala into a terror haven has begun much earlier than even the state police had the iota of doubt about it.

Arun Lakshman in Thiruvananthapuram