Arrested student is son of LeT man
Sunday January 27 2008 k=0 Soumya Menon BANGALORE: The arrest of Mohammed Ghouse alias Riyazuddin Nasir (22) in Davangere has deepened terror links, with police discovering that Ghouse is the son of LeT member and terrorist Maulana Mohammed Naseeruddin, the man wanted in several terror attacks across the country. Naseeruddin is one of the prime accused in the recent Hyderabad blasts, the sensational murder of BJP MLA Haren Pandya in 1999 and plotting blasts in 2004 in Secunderabad. Police also suspect Ghouse’s link to the recent Hyderabad serial blasts and a special squad has taken him to Hyderabad for verification. Anti-terrorist Cell officials who have been interrogating Ghouse for the last couple of days, were in for a surprise when he revealed that his father was Naseeruddin. "Ghouse had misguided us in the beginning, claiming that he was from Gulbarga. We had to get a little tough with him before he revealed the truth. He has also revealed sensitive points related to the recent Hyderabad serial blasts," the official told this website's newspaper. A team of linguistic experts has also accompanied the special investigation team to decipher Arabic content of the CDs and chips seized from Ghouse. Sources told this website's newspaper they had nabbed Ghouse and his associate Asadullah based on information given by Central Intelligence agencies, who have been tracking them. The suspects were arrested from Vadakatte in Honnali. "Their network is spread across North Karnataka and Uttara Kannada. We suspect that they were planning an attack in North Karnataka and were moving around meeting associates. There were red markings on certain areas on maps of South India, including Udupi, Mangalore and Karwar, indicating that they were planning a big attack in Karnataka. We have also found Pakistani and Bangladeshi SIM cards," said the ATC police official. Mohammed Asif, a final year MBBS student, who was arrested from KIMS hostel in Hubli, Asadullah Abubaker, also an MBBS student arrested with Ghouse in Davangere, have also been taken to Hyderabad for enquiry.

Basheer-Bilal links being probed
Sunday January 27 2008 ENS HYDERABAD Jan 28, 2008 bad&Topic=0& HYDERABAD: Though Basheer Ahmed, the self-styled supreme commander of the Harkat-UlJihad-Al-Islami (HuJI), killed in an encounter with the security forces at Doda in Jammu on Friday, does not appear to have been directly involved on planning the August, 2007 blasts in Hyderabad, he was in regularly touch with those who had planned the attacks and perhaps, was even aware of its minutest details. The Jammu and Kashmir police are now piecing together possible links between Basheer and Abdul Shahid alias Bilal, the Hyderabadi who is said to have masterminded the twin blasts in the city. "There could be some connection between Basheer and those involved in Hyderabad blasts and this connection could even be Bilal, whose name crops up every now and then," said Farooq Khan, DIG (Doda range), Jammu, speaking to this website'sewspaper telephonically. He, however, refused to elaborate as the investigation was still on. "There is some tell-tale sign which points out to Basheer’s indirect involvement in Hyderabad blasts," Khan said, without further elaborating. The security forces in the Kashmir valley hope to get key info about the spread and activities of the HuJI across the country from the diaries and other documents of Basheer. The cops are hopeful that more HuJI modules could be pinned down both in the Kashmir valley and elsewhere in the country soon. "We are analysing them. Apparently, there could be some common factor between Basheer and the person who actually planned the blasts at Hyderabad," Farooq Khan said. The diaries reportedly contain names, telephone numbers of Jihadis operating in the country and those in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Pak-Occupied Kashmir. Some e-mail addresses too were found in one of the diaries. "The names could be fake or even one of the many aliases. But, we are verifying the telephone numbers, which, we hope, could provide us with some important leads," an official pointed out. It is also learnt that Basheer was talking to his Bangladeshi and Pakistani counterparts from his satellite phone, which was recovered after the encounter. The police officials said with recruitment waning in Kashmir with each passing day, Basheer was

recruiting Muslim youths from various parts of the country. "Recruitment in these parts has become easier as the HuJI network has a presence throughout the length and breadth of the country," the officials said. Known to be a dreaded militant, Basheer alias Sabah had played a major role in training the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Hubli terror plot thickens
Monday January 28 re&Topic=0 ENS BANGALORE: A week after suspected terrorists Mohammed Ghouse alias Riyazuddin Nasir and his associate Asadullah Ismail Abubaker and Mohammed Asif were arrested, police officials from the national capital and three other states have now landed in Karnataka to question them. While a police team from Mumbai had come on Saturday, officials from Delhi police, Gujarat and Hyderabad have now joined the team that is grilling the suspects to get information about the links to terror groups. While the terror plot seems to be getting thicker, there seems to be no sign of stepped-up security at vital installations, which the arrested suspects were allegedly planning to target. "Ghouse’s movements seemed very suspicious and we are interrogating him. We have to verify all his statements," ADGP (State Intelligence) Shankar Bidri told this website's newspaper. As of now, there is no need to increase security at vital installations, he added. Meanwhile, Davangere police found maps of Udupi, Mangalore, Karwar and Bangalore with some red and green markings on sensitive places across the State, sources said. Sources said Ghouse and Asadullah were taken to Goa after maps of that State were also found among the materials seized. Ghouse and Asadullah were nabbed by Davangere police one week ago, while Asif had been detained at the same time in Hubli. Police sources said they have not been able to establish if Ghouse was related to a particular terror group, especially HUJI or LeT. However, they have found documents on the CDs seized at Asif’s hostel room, that mentioned the name of another LeT terrorist Zakhir Hussain. The students have been remanded to custody till February 2.

Asif told to vacate hostel
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HUBLI: Bowing to the pressure of students, the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) management asked Mohammed Asif, final year MBBS student to vacate his hostel room on Sunday. Speaking to this website's newspaper, KIMS Director M G Hiremath said that the suspected student Mohammed Asif, detained by the police, would be out of KIMS' Anand boys hostel until all the allegations over his terror links were dropped. It is learnt that another suspect Asadulla Ismail detained by the Davanagere police, was expelled from college. He was a student of Ayurvedic Medical College, Hubli.

Why terrorists struck Bangalore
December 29, 2005 Retired Professor Emeritus in the mathematics department of Indian Institute of TechnologyDelhi, M C Puri, was killed and four serving scientists were injured when an unidentified gunman opened fire indiscriminately on a group of scientists as they were coming out of a conference hall in the prestigious Indian Institute of Science campus in Bangalore on Wednesday. The victims -- largely Indian with some foreigners -- who were attending an international conference on research relating to infrastructure, were reportedly walking to an adjacent building for dinner at the end of the day's proceedings. The person or persons responsible for the attack have not so far been arrested or identified. The incident has coincided with the reported shifting of Abu Salem, a member of the mafia group headed by the Karachi-based Dawood Ibrahim, to Bangalore to undergo a lie detector and other forensic tests in connection with the investigation into his alleged involvement in the serial Mumbai blasts of March 1993, in which nearly 250 innocent civilians were killed. First look: Terror strikes Bangalore The explosions were carried out by Dawood Ibrahim, then based in Dubai, with the help of some Mumbai-based Muslims, who were taken to Pakistan via Dubai and got trained and armed by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence. Abu Salem, who was arrested by the Portuguese authorities, was recently extradited by them to India after he and Monica Bedi, a woman companion of his, had completed a prison sentence in Portugal after having been convicted on charges of entering Portugal with false travel documents. There is so far no evidence to connect the shooting incident with the shifting of Abu Salem. Sleeper cells of pro-Al Qaeda jihadi terrorist organisations of Pakistan and Bangladesh operating in South India have come to the notice of the police from time to time. The most active in South India has been the Lashkar e Tayiba followed by the Harkat-ul-Jihadal-Islami.

The cop who warned of attack on Bangalore Occasionally, there have also been reports of the presence and activities of other Pakistan-based organisations such as the Hizbul Mujahideen -- an indigenous Kashmiri organisation whose Amir, Syed Salahuddin, operates from Pakistan -- and the Jaish e Mohammad, a Pakistani organisation like the LeT and the HUJI. Of these organisations, the LeT has been the most active. While its activities in Jammu and Kashmir and other north Indian states are controlled from its headquarters at Muridke, near Lahore, in Pakistan, its activities in western and southern India are controlled by its headquarters in Saudi Arabia and occasionally from Dubai. Its sleeper cells in South India operate either under the name of the LeT or under other names such as the Muslim Defence Force in Tamil Nadu. While the activities of the HUJI in J&K and other parts of North India are controlled by its headquarters in Pakistan, its activities in southern Thailand, Myanmar, and East and South India are believed to be controlled by its branch office in Bangladesh. The LeT, the HUJI and the JeM -- all of whom are members of Osama bin Laden's International Islamic Front for Jihad Against the Crusaders and the Jewish People -- look upon J&K, Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh and Junagadh in Gujarat as rightfully belonging to Pakistan. Karnataka to review Bangalore security They want to 'liberate' them from Indian control as a first step in their plan to 'liberate' the Muslims of North and South India and incorporate their 'homelands' in the so-called Islamic Caliphate advocated by bin Laden. They also similarly want to 'liberate' the Muslim majority areas of Sri Lanka's Eastern Province. In addition to such political and religious reasons, their focus on South India has also a strongly economic angle. That is the large concentration of information technology and outsourcing companies -- Indian as well as foreign -- in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. A defining characteristic of the post-9/11 terrorist strikes of al Qaeda and the IIF has been to step up acts of economic terrorism. The terrorist strikes in Bali, Mombasa in Kenya, on the French oil tanker Limburg, Casablanca in Morocco, Istanbul in Turkey, and Egypt had a strong economic motivation. Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai, in the calculation of the terrorists and their sponsors in Pakistan, are attractive targets for acts of economic terrorism. They believe successful acts of economic terrorism there could affect an important source of India's foreign exchange earnings, keep foreign information technology companies away from India and affect India's stock market, which attracts a large volume of foreign institutional investment based on the value of the shares of the IT companies. Since General Pervez Musharraf seized power in Pakistan in October 1999, he has embarked on a programme for the diversification of the Pakistani economy, which is now mainly dependent on the export of textiles, sports and leather goods. In this connection, considerable attention is being paid, with Chinese assistance, to develop Pakistan's IT capability and attract foreign software and outsourcing companies to Pakistan. The ISI too calculates that uncertainties in the minds of foreign IT and outsourcing companies about security conditions in South India could benefit Pakistan. After the neutralisation of a sleeper cell of the LeT in Delhi in March, the Delhi police had

repeatedly been sounding wake-up calls about the plans of jihadi terrorists to target IT companies in Bangalore. Media reports have also been speaking of a number of hoax threats addressed to IT companies in Bangalore since March. The recent hoax message of an attempt by the Al Qaeda to blow up the Indian Parliament had also reportedly originated from Thirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, a hotbed of the activities of the Al Ummah, which had organised a number of serial blasts at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu in February 1998. All these were not hoax calls from pranksters trying to create a sensation. These were probably hoax messages of suspected jihadi terrorists, apparently trying to test the reflexes of the security authorities and create in their mind a hoax fatigue. Why did the persons responsible for Wednesday's incident target the scientists attending an international conference? It does not appear to have been a targeted attempt to kill any particular scientist though media reports speak of the presence of some space scientists in the conference. South India in general and Bangalore in particular not only have a large concentration of IT experts, but also famous scientists. How to strengthen physical security in South India without creating unnecessary alarm and nervousness, which could economically prove counterproductive? This is a question that needs urgent attention from the Government of India and the four state governments.

IT in Bangalore vulnerable to terrorism
Infiltrated already By INQUIRER staff: Wednesday, 06 September 2006, IT HUB Bangalore is a soft target for terrr attacks, the state of Karnataka's chief minister, HD Kumaraswamy said. The Deccan Times reports him as saying that terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Toiba had already infiltrated the area. Intelligent reports, said Kumaraswamy, indicated the IT facilities based in Bangalore were high on terrorist plans and were a "soft target". The IT firms based there, which include Microsoft, Intel, Dell, IBM, SAP, and many many others, have been urged to tighten up their security both for visitor access and for their boundaries.

Bangalore appears on terror radar
Police unearth a plan by a Kashmiri separatist militant group to target IT companies in India's tech hub. By Dinesh C. Sharma Special to CNET Published: March 7, 2005, NEW DELHI, India--Bangalore is starting to appear on the radar of militant groups,

Indian police warned this weekend, after uncovering a terrorist plan to target IT companies in the city widely regarded as the country's technology hub. Bangalore, which is in the southern part of India, had been considered safe from possible terror attacks by separatist groups, which so far have mostly struck in India's northern and western states. But last week, Delhi police seized evidence pointing to a possible attack on certain IT companies in Bangalore. They obtained the evidence after arresting one member of the Laskhar-e-Toiba group, or LeT, and killing three others. LeT has been demanding separation of Kashmir from India. Several of India's top technology companies, like Infosys and Wipro, are based in Bangalore, and a large number of American companies have their engineering and development centers there. Among the companies that have a sizable presence are Accenture, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola and Texas Instruments. Additionally, America Online, Google and Yahoo opened centers in the city last year. Leading IT companies in Bangalore that handle outsourced jobs from American clients often maintain disaster recovery centers at offshore locations, as well as in other Indian cities. "We have heightened our alert," Bangalore Police Chief S. Mariswamy was quoted as saying by New Delhi Television. "The intelligence machinery has also been briefed and (is) also looking for information, and...our forces generally have been kept on alert. We are also likely to enlarge the force and possibly bring in some quick-reaction teams." The police did not name companies that were on the hit list of the militant outfit. Militant groups usually target government installations, but the Bombay Stock Exchange and other commercial buildings in Mumbai have been attacked in the past.