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Indian Mujahideen termed terror outfit

Friday, June 04, 2010 09:02:39 PM, & Agencies

New Delhi: India Friday declared Indian Mujahideen, alleged to be a shadowy front of the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives, as a terror outfit and banned it under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

“The central government believes that the Indian Mujahideen, all its formations and front organisations, are involved in terrorism,” a home ministry notification said.

The group, it added, has been put on the list of banned terror outfits, under the anti-terror law. With this, the list of banned outfits now extends to 35.

The India Mujahideen first came into the limelight when it claimed responsibility for multiple blasts in various temples in Varanasi in mid-2006. They allegedly launched another serial terror bombing in lower courts in Lucknow, Faizabad and Varanasi cities of Uttar Pradesh Nov 23, 2007, taking a heavy toll of human lives.

This was followed by first-ever terror attack on Jaipur May 13, 2008, when nine bombs were triggered within 15 minutes, killing over 60 people and injuring over 200 others.

The IM operatives allegedly struck again on July 25, 2008, targeting Bangalore, with nine serial explosions, killing two people and injuring over 20 others. They subsequently targeted Ahmedabad July 26, 2008, with 21 blasts within 70 minutes, killing 56 people and injuring over 200 others.

This was followed by the September 13, 2008, serial bombing of Delhi, where five synchronised blasts within a few minutes killed 30 people and left injured over 100 others.

The hallmark of the outfit was that it often used to intimate media houses of the impending blasts minutes before their occurrence by sending e-mails. Interestingly, at one occasion after few media houses received an e-mail allegedly sent by Indian Mujahideen - the Internet network that was used for sending the e-mail was traced to an American Citizen. 

Meanwhile, the government's reluctance to ban the right wing Hindu Terrorist Organization even after their clear involvement in terrorist activities is surprising for the people.


"We welcome the decision taken by the Indian Government to ban the so-called Indian Mujahideen. But, on similar charges the names of some Hindu Terrorist outfits are also taking the rounds in the media. Some of them reportedly have links with countries like Israel to thwart the democratically elected government in India. It is surprising to see that the government is not interested in banning them", said Altaf Husain, a social activist.






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