J&K May See Fresh Influx Of Bomb-makers
13 September 2008
The Times Of India
: Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed and Bangl-adesh-based Harkat-ul-Jehad Islami (HuJI) are collaborating to raise groups of bombmakers to be pushed into J&K, in what should scale up the terror risk facing the country. Intelligence reports said that according to an agreement worked out between the two anti-India terror outfits recently, JeM is planning 'mobilisation of militants in Kashmir to carry out sabotage activities to turn the attention of the rest of the world from Pakistan to India'. JeM will bear all the costs of training jehadis in Bangladesh. The two terrorist outfits, which swear by Deoband school, are part of al-Qaida's global network and draw finances, guidance and other resources from the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI. It was decided that HuJI would provide the manpower while JeM would train these militants in sophisticated improvised explosive devices and bear all the expenditure, including transportation, fooding, lodging and payment of stipend to the terrorists. The accord also provided that in case of any casualty of HuJI militants serving for JeM, the latter would compensate his family members with 5 lakh Bangladeshi Taka. The Jaish's new plan to source militants from HuJI for its fresh offensive in Kashmir is likely to further worsen the situation in the Valley with more terror attacks expected in the weeks to come. Wednesday's encounter in Jammu, in which three militants suspected to have sneaked in from Pakistan entered a house taking all the residents as hostages leading to a 19-hour gunbattle, could just be a precursor. Sources said HuJI was currently pushing its trained terrorists from four border points along the Indo-Bangladesh border. These are Coochbehar-Panchagarh border in the Tentuliya and Bhitarpara area, Jessore-Bongaon border near Benapol area, Comilla-Agartala border and Jakiganj-Karimganj border. An increasing number of terrorists involved in attacks on India recently have come from HuJI ranks. Collaboration among HuJI and Jaish is not a new phenomenon. Walli Ullah, the Phulpur imam arrested in the Varanasi bombing case and now sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for recovery of RDX and arms from his possession, was believed to have been working for Jaish before he went to Bangladesh with a HuJI conduit Bashiruddin and met its chief commander Maulana Asad Ullah. Walli Ullah's HuJI connection came to light after UP police probing the Varanasi blasts scanned his call details. Walli Ullah and his three HuJI accomplices - Bashiruddin, Mustafis and Zakari - who allegedly planted the bombs in Varanasi, studied together at Deoband's Darul Uloom in the late 1990s. It is believed that some of SIMI's underground cadres had also undergone training in HuJI camps in Bangladesh.