They were plotting to assassinate various enemies of Islam, despite the fact that, as we all know, Islam has nothing to do with terrorism, and only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise.
“9, including a journo, with alleged link to IM held,” from the Hindustan Times, August 30 (thanks to Vijay):
The Bangalore Central Crime Branch (CCB) have arrested 10 terror suspects linked with Indian Mujahideen terror outfit, including a journalist from a popular English Daily.
Muti-ur- Rehman Siddqui (25), a crime reporter, has been arrested by the CCB team along with nine other accused….
Pro-jihad “journalists” such as Niraj Warikoo, Kari Huus, Bob Smietana, Eli Clifton, Adam Serwer, Ken Borsuk, and all the rest can look on the bright side: if their “journalism” careers ever dry up, they can always follow Muti-ur- Rehman Siddqui into a new line of work.
Others have been identified as Imran Bahadduri, Dr Zakir Husain Sheik, Wahid Husain Kanakkanavara and Jafar Iqbal Sollapuri allaged between 26 years to 30 years are residents of Hubli.
Another accused Akram alias Chotu (28) is from Bangalore, who along with Siddiqui planned to assassinate a pro-Hindu columnist in a popular Kannada daily, a senior police officer said.
The accused also planned a terror attack in the IT city. Akram was trained in Pakistan by the ISI and he has direct contacts with Riaz Bhatkal and other cadre of LeT and IM in Pakistan and Dubai, the officer added.
A senior police officer told HT that CCB has picked up more than 10 youths and they are verifying the facts. If their involvement in the terror activities is confirmed, they will be booked, he said.
Oh, to be young and on a jihad!
“Scientist, journalist among 11 arrested for suspected terror plot,” from DNA, August 31 (thanks again to Vijay):
The Central Crime Branch police have busted a terror plot and arrested 11 members with alleged links with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (Huji). The arrested include a scientist from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and a journalist of a leading English daily — both from Bangalore — who along with the others arrested were preparing to eliminate political leaders and journalists at the behest of their handlers from Saudi Arabia.
A scientist? But doesn’t poverty and ignorance cause terrorism, and only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise? At least we can take comfort in the fact that this chap had a job in the Defence Research and Development Organisation, which thereby proved to the world that it was not “Islamophobic” — and that, as we all know, is the really important thing.
Of the 11 arrested, six are Bangalore and five from Hubli, operating from two separate modules — the Hubli one to target politicians and the Bangalore one to target journalists.
City police commissioner BG Jyotiprakash Mirji said the two terror modules were busted after monitoring their movements over the past three months.
Preliminary investigations revealed that these were terror modules with international links and the police now suspect that several such modules may be existing in Karnataka and other parts of the country. This is now being investigated and the police expect several leads to emerge on interrogating the 11.
Mirji said in separate operations a team of police on Wednesday picked up Shoib Ahmed Mirza alias Chotu, a charted accountant aged 25 and his brother Ajaz Ahmed Mirza, 25, who worked as junior research scientist in DRDO, Abdulla alias Abdul Hakim Jamadaar, 25, Mohammed Yusuf Nalband, 28, Riyaz Ahmed Byahatti, 28 and Mati-ur-Rahman Siddiqui (journalist), 26. All were residing in a rented house in Munireddypalya in the RT Nagar area of Bangalore.
The police confiscated laptops, mobiles and a foreign-made 7.65 mm pistol with seven live cartridges from them.
An official involved in the investigations said accused Shoib alias Chotu, was trained in Pakistan by the LeT. The accused had also planned a terror attack in the IT city at the time of Ganesh Festival and they have already stolen and purchased a few bikes and four-wheelers for their operations.
This group was planning to eliminate a columnist of a Kannada newspaper and the editor-in-chief of the same newspaper (both residing in Bangalore) and had even conducted several reconnaissance and surveillance operations on their movements.
The Bangalore module members had allegedly also stolen a few vehicles to carry out their reconnaissance and surveillance of their targets and were caught in the nick of time, sources in the department said.
Meanwhile, another team of CCB officials nabbed members of the Hubli terror module who were shadowing politicians. The five arrested in Hubli have been identified as Obedulla Imran Bahadur alias Sameer alias Imran, 24, Mohammed Sadiq Lakshkar alias Raju, 28, Waahid Hussain alias Saahil, 26, Baba alias Mehaboob, 26, and Dr Jaffar Iqbal Sholapur, 27. Unlike their counterparts in Bangalore, the Hubli terror module members were picked up from various locations in Hubli.
Mirji said the arrests were the culmination of a three-month-long operation of the CCB which monitored the movement of the members of both the terror modules closely and picked them to avert averting a major terror attack….
He said the police, on a tip-off, began collecting details about the accused persons and arrested them before they could launch their attack. “Preliminary investigations have revealed that the accused are members of international terrorist outfits and they have spread their links in Karnataka and other states,” he said.