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NIA Unearths Terror Network, Illegal Madrasas in Bengal

Published: 16th October 2014 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th October 2014 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

KOLKATA: The NIA, which is investigating the Bardhman blasts, on Wednesday roped in the NSG as it found leads of more illegal madrasas meant for training jihadis, explosives manufacturing units and links with several international Islamist terror outfits.

The NIA team headed by S K Singh submitted a brief primary interim report to the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) detailing the conspiracy, stating that it would need more time to unearth the huge conspiracy to carry out subversive activities hatched by the terrorists who were aided not only by groups in Bangladesh but also those based in other countries.

In his seven-page report, Singh mentioned that the conspiracy had been hatched a long time ago and since October, 2011, these terrorists, several of whom were members of the Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh, had infiltrated and started operations in West Bengal with the aid of some politicians.

They had built links with other terror groups in India and started recruiting youths including women, set up several madrasas in West Bengal to train them in “fidayeen” attacks while indoctrinating them in jihadi philosophy.

The three men traced by the NIA in Tamil Nadu through mobile call records of Raziya Bibi, widow of Shakil Ahmed, the JuMB terrorist who died in the blast on October 2, are in fact student leaders of the Islamic Chhatra Shbir of Bangladesh, who had been sent there to recruit youths from South India.

Jihadi literature recovered from the house, where the blast took place, was printed in Urdu, Arabic, Bengali and Tamil. The NIA team on Wednesday found another madrasa at Tamilpukur in Bardhaman which was being built on a huge plot of land financed by Mohammad Yusuf and Sobhan Sheikh,a carpenter .  They had purchased the agricultural land at a high premium from local farmers but started construction without the Panchayat’s permission.  The sleuths are trying to trace the funds which were provided to these terrorists and found links with the JuMB as well as some Wahabi trusts and NGOs in the Gulf countries. Another NIA team again visited Kirnahar in Birbhum district, and searched the house of Abdul Qader Gazi, whose sister was married to Qauser, one of the masterminds behind the terror module, and questioned his mother, as the two men are suspected to have fled to Bangladesh.

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