Non-Kashmiri Islamic Outfit Plan Bomb Blasts In Kashmir
7 September 2000
The Daily Excelsior
B L Kak
New Delhi: A sensational piece of information has set the Union Home Ministry in motion, necessitating it to put on alert the security agencies in vulnerable areas, particularly Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, UP and Bihar, against the danger inherent in the re-structured strategy of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). And the information obtained through various elements and channels is said to be specific: SIMI''s new plans are meant to trigger bomb blasts in various parts of the country. The plans, according to intelligence sources, will also cover certain parts in the North-Eastern region, particularly Assam, where three Muslim militant outfits have already been reported to have established close contacts with the SIMI. Students Islamic Movement of India is, apparently, for a full-blown jehad against Hindus. And the Union Home Ministry has already received reports about the distribution of inflammatory material by SIMI in a clandestine manner. SIMI''s modus operandi was raised in the Rajya Sabha on July 26 this year by Mr K Kalavenkata Rao during question hour. Mr Rao had enquired if the SIMI had started preparing Indian Muslims for a full-blown jehad against Hindus and if provocative posters, cassettes and other publicity material in Urdu language were being circulated in a clandestine manner. In his reply, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr ID Swami, while referring to the distribution of publicity material by the organisation, had stated that the activities of all such organisations having a bearing on maintenance of communal harmony in the country ''are under constant watch of law enforcement agencies and requisite legal action is taken, where necessary''. The situation has taken a different turn now, with the discovery of ''strong'' links between SIMI and Pakistan-aided Hizbul Mujahideen. Even as activists and loyalists of SIMI have, in recent months, chosen to focus their attention and energy on various parts of Uttar Pradesh, SIMI has managed to create its bases in several other States, including Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam. The Aligarh-based think-tank of SIMI is reportedly playing a ''crucial'' role in augmenting the number of madrassas not only close to the Indo-Nepal border but also in a number of border areas in the western sector, as well as in the southern States. And the Hizbul Mujahideen has been charged with providing not only material support but also training to the activists of SIMI. A top security official told EXCELSIOR that several Kashmiri militants had already imparted training to a large number of SIMI activists in the use of grenades and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Following the arrest of Abdul Mobin and Maroof Ahmed, two ''important'' Kashmiri extremists who had entrenched themselves in the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have gone underground. These two Kashmiri Muslims, the official stated, had played a significant role in the past two years or so in revitalising the Aligarh unit of SIMI and also in ensuring the widening of SIMI''s area of operations outside UP. One of the Kashmiris, said to be a PhD student, was the brain behind the establishment of an ISI module in Aligarh. He also played a significant role in selling, without any fanfare, the Pakistani ISI''s idea favouring SIMI''s platform and protection to different Sikh extremists. According to intelligence reports, SIMI has already infiltrated into several educational institutions in Jammu and Kashmir, including the Srinagar-based Kashmir University. The UP police authorities have informed the Union Home Ministry that the captured militants, namely, Abdul Mobin and Maroof Ahmed, had, during their interrogation, made some sensational disclosures about SIMI''s involvement in a series of explosions between March and August this year and in attempts to infiltrate into communally-sensitive sectors of the country.