Thursday, September 25, 2008

Terror Crackdown - Post Delhi Blasts, A defining moment?

In a highly polarized environment, truth is often the victim. In fact in such a scenario, there are many versions of truth. The recent crackdown on suspected terrorists in India is an example of how polarized our society has become.

Following is Police version:

From SIMI to IM: It all started with death of MC Sharma, a decorated police officer of Delhi Police, who while raiding a hideout of suspected terrorists was killed by gun shots. Two persons suspected to be terrorists belonging to Indian Mujahideen (IM) were also killed in encounter and 2 other were caught. Sharma was hailed as hero by media and Delhi Police which also claimed that with this encounter they had busted the IM module which was largely responsible for multiple terror attacks in country for past 2 years or so. The arrest of terrorists soon triggered a chain of events, and in next few days many raids were conducted throughout the country and suspected terrorists were nabbed in Ahmedabad, Mumbai and other parts of country. Police claimed that the success of operation was due to inteligence sharing among various states and central agencies. The terror jigsaw is not yet fully solved but pieces are falling in place, they claim. So if one accepts police version as truth, then IM is responsible for recent series of bomb blasts in country, and is a splinter group of banned SIMI (Student Islamic Movement of India). IM was born out of SIMI soon after Gujarat riots, ostensibly, to avenge killing of Muslims. SIMI had its root in Aligarh Muslim University and had thousands of members throughout country. As per Police, SIMI was a moderate group to start with but got increasingly radicalized over the years with radical elements being driven by Safdar Nagauri, the secretary general of SIMI (a 8 years old interview with him is here, proving his radical views). The friction between Nagauri and moderate faction ultimately let to Breaking of SIMI, which police says can be compared with that of breaking up of Hamas, where one breakaway group became millitant by violence and terror tactics.

The Onset of Hunt: IM was unique in the way that its members were educated youth, many of them even engineers and MBAs. They operated in small and largely independent modules. The anger which Muslims felt after Gujarat riots was used by people like Nagauri to get young , educated members into his unit. He also specifically looked for technically qualified youths and those who had some angst or grudges against the state or police. IM also got hooked to LeT (Lashkar e Toiba) which helped it with initial trainings and funds. Trainings were conducted in various parts of country in Jungles of Kerala to Karnataka. Recruits were taught to swim, fire pistols, and make bombs. After a camp, these recruits would then fan out to many places and build their network of terror. Police started the hunt after the bomb blasts in UP and name of IM for first time emerged. Unlike in past, when most of bomb blasts used to be handiwork of Pakistanis, this time evidence was pointing out to homegrown terror groups. As many bomb blats followed in many Indian cities, Police found it tough to crack the cases and it was due to nature of IM and how they operated. Things were also tough for police as the intelligence was scattered and every state police acted independently. The real break came with arrest of Safdar Nagauri a secretary general SIMI from Madhya Pradesh and then later with arrest of Abu Bashar a recruit of IM , soon after Ahmedabad blasts. These two key members provided vital clues in functioning on IM and after Delhi blasts, the proverbial camel's back was broken. There was tremendous hue and cry throughout the country to act tough on terror. The central government which was slack in taking tough steps until now (perhaps thinkning that it will upset muslim community) was jolted out of its reverie. All states were asked to coordinate their efforts, share intelligence and act as one team. The bits and pieces of intelligence collected over the years by various state police were sewn together and sketchy leads were formed, good enough to act upon. And this is how MC Sharma was asked to raid a flat in Delhi which eventually led to killing of 2 suspected IM terrorists and capturing of 2 more. Unfortunately, Sharma who was not wearing his Bullet proof jacket also lost his life. Two suspected terrorists were reported to have escaped during encounter. Sharma was hailed and quite deservingly, a hero, and his funeral was attended by many politician including home minister, who untill few days ago was about to be ejected out of his office.

The Jigsaw getting solved : There have been various press conferences by different state police, and the final picture is pretty much consistent, albeit with some loose ends which could raise doubts. I think it is primarily due to the fact that even though various states collaborated in operation, the news conferences were done independently and in hurry. So we had a scenario that mastermind of terror was changing every day. In my opinion, considering the sensitive nature of crackdown, police should have been more careful with press conferences. One gets an impression that either state police departments were competing against each other, trying to stake the claim of cracking the module or they were pressurized by Government to go public, keeping in view of the upcoming election. Regardless of this, If one has to believe this version of police story as the truth, and I use if because, unfortunately, past shenanigans of Police in India, do not give it much credibility, then the picture of terror in India looks frightening and grim. Terror now is pretty much home grown. The catchment area of terrorists seems to be in UP and profile of terrorists have changed dramatically. They are now well educated young men with normal lives. An MBA here, two Software engineer there. So are these guys terrorists? If we believe police, then yes, they are. They are driven by hatred for Government and for majority community and they want to avenge atrocities which they think are done on their community. They are also fed by people like Safdar Nagauri to do jehad for Muslim Caliphate. They are indoctrinated to extent that they place bombs in children's parks and even hospitals. They plant bombs, come back to their normal lives, watch blasts news on TV and celebrate their success.

The another version:

But this is one version of truth. There is another version which in unfolding on Muslim blogs and discussion forums and generally in that community. They believe that recent crackdown are nothing but part of conspiracy to corner the community. Many of them have raised doubts about authenticity of Delhi encounter and they suspect that it is fake. In fact many don’t suspect but believe that encounter was fake and many conspiracy theories are doing rounds. They would even believe that Sharma was killed as part of larger plan to pass the encounter as real and to use it to target muslims. They think that people caught by police are innocent young Muslim men and they are being targeted for being Muslims. They even question why terrorists were paraded in muslim scarves (even though I have seen otehr criminals being hooded in same scarves).They ask questions of how good students, doing their MBAs could be terrorists. People of Aajamgarh, the native place of most of terror suspects, dont believe that there is any iota of truth in Polcie version. They think that thier good studious sons have been wrongly caught or killed and made a scapegoat. Many theories are doing rounds and generally the community is in fear and suspicion. They suspect the Police, the media and the Government. Even a legitimate voice trying to reason often gets lost as the level of mistrust are high.

And the Politics :With upcoming elections, when all parties would try to consolidate their vote banks, the polarization is bound to increase. The BJP would pressurize governments to have tougher terror laws. Muslims would perceive tougher terror laws as being a tool to harass them. Police, will catch some more terrorists including some innocents who will be counted as collateral damage. Muslims would huddle together and raise noise about them being targeted. BJP would raise fears in majority community by citing resistance of Muslims against tough terror laws. Jamia Milia Islamia would stand by its students caught as terrorists and Hindu Nationalists would brand it as against national interests.

And to those who care, let it be known that this is start of a defining time in life of this secular republic.


stop.rumors said...

Answer to All Conspiracy Theory Makers in response to story published on

Very true as Law As a common man we were unable to swallow whatever Delhi Police did.

Now this New Shaheen Bag theory is more unacceptable,
1. To make this public, comparatively unknown web based channel is called.
2. Only one person speaks on behalf of the crowd?
3. Why was the fact finding team consisting of Prashant Bhushan, Shabnam Hashmi, MJ Akbar, Praful Bidwai and Amar Singh not called immediately?
4. If 5 people were sitting in the car, how were so many cards scattered on seat? It means the cards were put on the seat to frame the evidence.
5. Why a trained ATS team targeting Muslim youth try to "KIDNAP" from his “Muslim” locality risking the expose of "staged encounter"? Remember this was after So Called and Most Highlighted Jamia Nagar encounter, so any Police team working on Staged encounters will work after plugging all the holes.
6. Once bitten twice shy, why was the FIR not made in full view of Mainstream Media? How can "sacred goats" of "sacrifice" trust men in Khaki, they themselves have been pointing fingers on Police....
7. Were these 5 men in car returning after viewing some Hollywood Action thriller? They tried to kidnap a person from Shaheen Bagh, very close to Jamia Nagar, heavily guarded by Delhi Police (Some Human Rights Activists termed as “turned into Chaavani”).
8. Why was the KIDNAP attempt of this “Sacred Goat of Sacrifice” Amir took place at Shaheen Bagh and not at Mathura Road /Ring Road/ Kalindipuram or even prior to entering into Jamia Nagar Locality.
9. Isn’t it a matter of personal enmity between alleged Noida Police ASI or other person traveling in the car and Mr. Amir on some issue, which was STAGED as “Jamia residents foiled encounter” attempt”
10. Was it not a planned trap by “Sacred Goat of Sacrifice Amir” and others to lead these men along with the NOIDA Police ASI to trap in order to settle the score?
11. There was a mob which was able to block the car but it lets out 5 other men (including the Alleged Police informer Irfan) to run away. Were these men Kabaddi Champions, they ran away dodging the “MOB”?

A Fact Finding team sat in a AC Conference Room with Bottles of beer and Packets of Cigarettes and watched the Video and graphics posted on internet and met hundreds of Imaginary Secular people regarding their views on this incident.
1. They appreciated Amir and the person in Video for his credible acting in this Drama
2. The team also announced Reward of Rupees Ten Lakh only (Rs.0,00,000/-) OOPS!!! We forgot to put "1" before Zeros, it will be corrected and sent to you later.
3. Team also requested Hon'ble VC Janab Hasan Sahab to provide Degrees to Amir and Honorary Doctorate to person in Video.
4. Team does not demand any JUDICIAL ENQUIRY on this issue as the persons involve in this incident do not have faith in this country.
5. Jamia Nagar Locality should be declared National Sanctury for all the Criminals and Terrorists. Even if Police tries to catch the real culprit the criminals will get safest asylum in this locality.

Signed by

MOST CPMMUNAL CITIZENS OF INDIA (A Communally Ailing Country),

We are sorry if we have hurt anyone’s sentiment. Actually we are group of Struggling Film Script Writer who were turned away from Bollywood.

We have been reading Conspiracy theory written by Amateur PUCL Conspiracy Theory Writers, we just wanted to showcase our TALENT of Writing CONSPIRACY THEORIES.

We assure you we will write FLAWLESS Conspiracy Theories for PUCL, in turn we just need COMMUNAL HATRED to be spread by PUCL and Two Circles for the Polarization of this Country for our own vested Interests.

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