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Islamic Jehadi Organizations Entrenched in Bengal

Islamic Jehadi Organizations Entrenched in Bengal

Islamic Jihadis caught in West Bengal

Discovery of a well-fortified underground chamber laden with explosives and subversive materials at a suspected al Queda hideout at Raninagar in West Bengal reveals how deep the terror module is entrenched.

He used to stitch clothes & trousers in a dimly-lit tailor shop and hardly interacted with his neighbours.

A devout Muslim and a simpleton, neighbours would always vouch, he  never missed reading Namaz thrice a day.

Yet, when NIA(National Investigation Agency) sleuths swooped down on his apparently ramshackle home at Raninagar in Murshidabad district of West Bengal on early Sunday(Sep 20), veiled discontentment in the locality was quite palpable.

And later, as the sleuths busted a secret and well-fortified underground chamber at his residence, the discontentment gave way to suspicion and anger.

The façade of a devout Muslim suddenly broke loose and the real Abu Sufiyan, 37, stood exposed.

Sufiyan is suspected to be one of the top brains of the 9-member al-Queda terror module that has been operating out of West Bengal for more than five years !!!

While six of them were arrested from Bengal and three from Kerala, four others, also from Bengal, and part of the gang, have given the cops a slip at the last moment.

Chamber
The 10 X 7 feet chamber

As the NIA officials removed the heavy iron sheet that  covered, they were completely shocked into disbelief.

Several electronic gadgets, a board of bulbs , huge bundles of wire and explosive material besides empty cracker shells were found during the hour-long raid at the single-storied house.

“Sufiyan spoke very less when he worked at his tiny tailor shop set up by his father who happened to be a village teacher,” police quoted a neighbour as saying.

However, that Sufiyan had been in regular conversation with some `unknown’ persons for the last few years was known to his fellow shop-owners.

But they ignored it as they failed to notice anything unnatural.

The `unknown’ included Computer Science gradutate Najmus Sakib, Leu Yean Ahmed who did his M.A from North Bengal university and Atiur Rahman, who completed his B.Led too.

It was nearly 14 years back that West Bengal first shot into fame after cops busted a nascent al-Queda network with the recovery of subscription books of the terror organization.

However, this is for the first time that NIA made this unprecedented breakthrough about a well-entrenched Queda terror module operating from the state.

The module members, prolonged interrogation revealed, were planning terrorist attacks at vital installations in India with an aim to kill innocent people and strike terror in their minds.

Further raids yielded seizure of digital devices, documents, jehadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armour, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices.

It was nearly 14 years back that West Bengal first shot into fame after cops busted a nascent al-Queda network with the recovery of subscription books of the terror organization.

However, this is for the first time that NIA made this unprecedented breakthrough about a well-entrenched Queda terror module operating from the state.

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And that too, in such a clandestine manner for so many years .

Bengal had, during the intervening years, come into limelight for being the `safe corridor’ and `home’  to the banned Islamic State(IS) terrorists though.

“During the end of the 80s and beginning of the 90s, at least one thousand youths from neighbouring Bangladesh had left for Afghanistan to join the war against the Soviet forces at the call of al Queda,”  a top intelligence branch official told EastIndiaStory.Com on a condition of anonymity.

In the aftermath of a massive crackdown on them in Bangladesh, a large number of them sneaked into West Bengal and were resolved to purse the Queda ideology from here.

“Recovery of huge pamphlets exhorting Queda ideologue from some ,arrested earlier, has made it abundantly clear to IB how Queda operatives are slowly entrenching themselves in Bengal,” he said.

The banned Jamatul Mujaheedin (JM) aka Jamat which is part of the Queda network, has long spread its branches in West Bengal.

And  Islamic State(IS) has also simultaneously expanded its network; arrest of software engineer Mikhail from Kaikhali in Kolkata or Musha from Birbhum or Pragya Debnath of Hoogly district are mere tip of the iceberg.

“ It’s just a matter of time before NIA stumbles on other leads that might further expose how deep the terrorists’ network has dug itself in Bengal,” the IB official indicated.

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