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Islamic Terror groups and India’s War against Terror


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Besides the operatives of ISIS and Daish, there are sleeper cells of Lashkar-e-Taiba that are active in India. LeT is one of the largest Islamic Terrorist organizations in South Asia, founded in 1987 by India’s most wanted terrorist Hafiz Saeed the head of Jammat-Ud-Dawah in Pakistan.


Then there is Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, an Islamic terrorist organisation operating from Bangladesh. It continues to remain active in Bengaluru in Karnataka where a huge floating population from Bangladesh has settled and is retained as domestic help especially by the cash-rich executives of the IT sector.

Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based Deobandi jihadist Islamic Mujahideen group has been active in Kashmir for many years but it is now facing the heat after the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution in 2019.

The Popular Front of India (PFI), which is an extremist Islamic fundamentalist organisation has also spread its tentacles in some parts of India.

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, a global terrorist, is co-founder of the Jihadist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) with the help of Pakistan’s ISI and is the chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah. He is the most wanted by NIA for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. He is reported to have once said: “There cannot be any peace while India remains intact. Cut them, cut them so much that they kneel before you and ask for mercy.”

Riyaz Ahmed Naikoo, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Commander in Kashmir Valley who was gunned down and eliminated by security forces in South Kashmir’s Awantipora on 6 May 2020.

On the run since four years is Merrin Jacob Pallath @ Mariyam along with Bestin Vincent @ Yahiya. Sheis wanted by the NIA in the ISIS Case of Palakkad, Kerela for criminal conspiracy, commission of unlawful activities, membership and support to proscribed terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Recent terror linked cases

Special Cell of Delhi Police registered an FIR on 9 January 2020 under sections 353, 186, 307 & 34 of the IPC and sections 25/27 of the Arms Act, 1959 relating to arrest of Khaja Moideen, who is an absconding accused along with Syed Ali Nawaz and Abdul Samad in an ISIS /Daish case registered by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Another case was registered on 8 March 2020 at PS special Cell (SB), New Delhi, u/s 120B,124A and 153A of IPC and sections 13 & 20 of UA (P) Act, 1967 relating to the arrest of two persons namely, Jahanzaib Sami @ Dawood Ibrahim @ Xaib @ Abu Muhammed Al Hind @ Abu Abdulla S/o Abdul Sami Wani resident of Purnibal, Shivpora, Srinagar, J&K and his wife Hina Bashir for having affiliations with ISKP (Islamic State-Khorasan Province), which is a terrorist organization and for being involved in subversive/anti-national activities in India.

There was a dacoity case at the house of one Anitha P. Majumdar by JMB Cadre at K.R. Puram, Bengaluru city by Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, which is an Islamic terrorist organisation operating from Bangladesh. During investigation by NIA it has been revealed that in the month of February 2018, dacoity was committed in various places in Bengaluru to raise funds for the cause of JMB in the name of “Maal-e-Ganimat” and the looted gold and money was used for the organizational purposes. In this regard, a case was registered earlier on 27 February 2018 at K.R. Puram P.S., Bengaluru, Karnataka under sections 323, 448, 524, 506 and 34 of the IPC. NIA is continuing investigation in this case

In the month of February 2018, a dacioty was also committed by the same JMB accused at the house of another person, Venkatesh Reddy by JMB Cadre at Attibele, Bengaluru city.

Later on 7 July 2019, a case was registered under sections 18, 38 & 40 of the UA(P) Act 1967 and sections 34, 121, 121A read with 120B of Indian Penal Code at PS Soladevanahalli Yeshwanthpura Sub Division of Bengaluru City, Karnataka relating to seizure of 05 improvised hand greanades, 03 fabricated grenade caps, 03 circuits of IEDs, 01 timer device, 02 rocket bends, one body of rocker, one 09mm bullet, one air-gun, suspected explosive powders and various other incriminating materials used in fabrication of hand grenades/IEDs, from a place rented by members of Jammat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), in Chikkabanawara, Bengaluru.

On 5 April 2020, NIA registered a case relating to an LeT module of about 20/25 individuals working secretly with the purpose of committing acts pre-judicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India primarily by conspiring to target certain persons and places of public importance. The main conspirator in this module is one Tania Parvin daughter of Alamin Mondal, Village Malayapur, PS Baduria, District North 24 Parganas.

One Hilal Ahmed Naikoo, an over ground worker of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) was arrested at Amritsar in Punjab and an FIR was registered on 25 April 2020 at PS Sadar, District Amritsar, Punjab under sections 10,11,13,17,18,20 & 21 of the UA(P) Act relating to arrest of one Hilal Ahmed Shergojri, son of Abdul Samad, r/o Nowgam Ullar, district Pulwama, J&K with Rs. 29 lakh in his possession, by Punjab Police. Investigation has revealed that the arrested accused is an Over Ground Worker of banned terrorist organization Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and had collected the money from an unknown person in Amritsar on instructions of Riyaz Ahmed Naikoo, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Commander in Kashmir Valley who was gunned down and eliminated by security forces in South Kashmir’s Awantipora on 6 May 2020.

One Ramalingam, son of Vadivel, Thoondilvinayagam – pettai, Thirubuvanam, Thiruvidaimarudur, PS, Thanjavur district, was murdered on 5 February 2019, by one Rahman Sadiq, son of Mohammed Ismail, who was involved in the activities of terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa or JuD in Thirubuvanam area, along with Muhammad Ali Jinna s/o Saji Muhammad, Thirubuvanam (District Secretary, PFI) and other accused persons. Jammat-Ud-Dawah, has been founded by Hafeez Saeed, a designated terrorist and one of the most wanted by India.

NIA is also conducting further investigation into a case of criminal conspiracy of waging war by Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar (brother of Masood Azhar) & other members of Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based Deobandi jihadist Islamic Mujahideen group active in Kashmir. Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar has planned every major Jaish attack in India. All accused in this case have been charged of criminal conspiracy for strengthening base of proscribed terrorist organisation JeM, in India, raising funds for terrorists acts, conspiracy for carrying out terrorist acts, organizing terrorist camps and recruiting persons for carrying out terrorist acts and harbouring the cadres of JeM.


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