These terrorist groups enter southern states, mix with the migrant population, including Rohingya Muslims, and then stay longer with a broader agenda
New Delhi, July 26:
A highly radicalized person associated with a terrorist group was arrested by Bengaluru police on Sunday evening. The arrest of Akthar Hussain Lashkar, a resident of Assam, led to the arrest of his associate Zubair from Salem in Tamil Nadu.
Police said Hussain, who worked as a food delivery manager, used his job to understand the city’s topography. He was also organizing meetings to plan attacks in Karnataka. Now that the Tamil Nadu angle has emerged, the police will be working closely with central agencies as there are interstate ramifications in this case.
The arrest comes just a month after the arrest of Hizbul Mujahideen member Talib Hussain in Bengaluru. He was arrested in the Okhalipuram area and police said he fled Jammu and Kashmir with his wife and children after the hunt intensified.
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Hussain had taken refuge in a mosque in the city and delivered sermons during Friday prayers.
In 2019, when the National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigated a case involving the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB), it discovered that Bengaluru had become a happy hunting ground for these terrorists.
Links between agents from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala were not uncommon and a pattern was found. Agents are said to be coming from the northeastern states after infiltrating from Bangladesh. They often landed in a migrant camp in Kerala and then entered states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
In 2019, following the arrest of terrorist JMB Habibur Rehman, the NIA learned that he had traveled from Bengal before going to Bengaluru, Kerala and Chennai. Rehman came to Bengaluru in 2015 and took up a job as a contractor. Prior to his arrest, he moved to the outskirts of town to avoid arrest.
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Looking at the modus operandi and the investigative records, it became clear that these people had a common way of operating. They would come to southern states, mix with the migrant population, including Rohingya Muslims, and then stay longer in southern states with a broader program of terrorist attacks.
In August 2019, an Ejaz Ahmed alias Taufique Raza, the Emir of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh was arrested. His team had people outside Bengal and even set up modules in Bihar, Karnataka and Kerala. He had mainly targeted migrant labor in those locations and enlisted several of them in the module, officials also said, part of the investigation.
A 2013 statistic showed that there were around 2.5 million migrant workers in Kerala. Most people were eager to welcome migrants for work as the cost of labor in Kerala is too high.
On March 16, 2017, Kerala police arrested seven Bangladeshi nationals employed at a plywood factory and charged them with illegal immigration. This is just one of many reported cases in Kerala over the years, where several hundred thousand Bangladeshis live illegally.
It becomes important to discuss the Kerala scenario following a report from the Intelligence Bureau stating that there would be more influx of illegal immigrants in South India after the release of the NRC by the government of India. ‘Assam. There are already reports that suggest that touts in Kerala are already active and would seek to facilitate the entry of more of these people into the state.
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Officials tell OneIndia that the route to southern India would pass through Kerala after which attempts would be made to infiltrate the other southern states such as Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. They would be brought in as domain work as has been done in the past, officials say.
Home Ministry data indicates that Kerala has issued nearly 62,000 registration cards to migrant workers. Moreover, no real effort has been made to sort illegal immigrants, including Rohingya, from migrants, Interior Ministry officials said.
Article first published: Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 12:36 p.m. [IST]