While India is busy battling terrorism from various prominent groups like Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Toiba, a new form of terrorism has bred in the soils of the country itself. They prefer to be known as the “Indian Mujahideen”. Originally, operating under an Islamic student organization, widely known as Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), the members have stated that their chief aim is the “liberation of India from the Western Materialistic Cultural Influence and to convert its Muslim society to live according to the Muslim code of conduct”. SIMI was banned by the Indian government, shortly after the 9/11 incident in 2001 for its asserted involvement in terrorist activity in India.
The SIMI had its foundations in Aligarh Muslim University Campus, Uttar Pradesh. Professor Mohammad Ahmadullah Siddique is the pioneer of the formation of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), one of the early names of SIMI. This group adopted an extremist line to bring a radical social change in India. April 25, 1977 marked an Islamic revolution in India and today SIMI claims to have 400 registered members and nearly 20,000 supporters. SIMI published various magazines in different languages describing their ideologies and propaganda, out of which the major ones were Tareek (Hindi), Movement (English), Rupantar (Bengali), Sedhi Madal (Tamil) and Shaheen Times for Children. Started as a peace movement, SIMI took an armed rebellion under the leadership of Safdar Nagori (who denied responsibility for any terrorism acts).
After the enactment of “War On Terror” by the US Govt., SIMI was officially banned by our govt. and has labeled it a “terrorist organization” since. Since, it is a renowned organization, it could not be involved in any indisciplinary activities. Thus, the Indian Mujahideen (IM) took a step forward and came to be known as a “shadow amalgam of the SIMI”. It was a pretty good idea on behalf of the SIMIs because the top leaders could escape incarceration or interrogation of any sort. The IM came into the limelight after taking responsibility of the 30th October, 2008 Assam bombings. The police assumed that most of its leaders and supporters lived in India. The major leaders of this organization are:-
1. Abdus Subhan Qureshi (A.K.A Tauqeer) : The 36 year old mastermind behind all of the terror activities monitored by the IM. Named as “India’s Bin Laden”, Tauqeer is a software engineer from Mumbai and an has consummate experience in hacking and bomb making. He is currently the most wanted man in India.
2. Safdar Nagori : Currently under arrest. One of the major prime movers who designed the transformation from SIMI to IM.
3. Usmaan Agarbattiwala : A 25 year old PG diploma holder from Vadodara in human rights.
4. Alamzeb Afridi : An unemployed 24 year old from Ahmedabad. He purchased bicycles and then planted bombs in them in Ahmedabad. Claimed responsible for the 26 July, 2008 Ahmedabad Serial Blast which resulted in 56 deaths and 200 injured in a span of 70 minutes.
On 23 November 2007, India witnessed the havoc created by the IM in Uttar Pradesh. Six consecutive blasts within a span of 25 minutes created pandemonium in Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad courts in early afternoon. This draconian act claimed the lives of 18 innocent lives and injured 81 other. Soon after the bombings, the IM send an email to some private news channels declaring that the Jihad in India is in retaliation against the injustice to Muslims over the years and also this avenged the demolition of Babri Masjid and Gujrat Riots. In addition to that, they also took responsibility of the 29 October 2005 Delhi Bombings and 25 August 2007 Hyderabad Bombings. The email was traced eventually and some top members of the IM were arrested.
The turmoil of IM’s terrorism continued to destroy hundreds of families, countless women widowed, children orphaned, while maiming innocent people forever, in however a small span of four months. One of the most grueling attacks ever made, the IM decided to step up to a whole new level by claiming attacks in four major cities of India. These included the 13 May 2008 Jaipur bombings, 25 July 2008 Bangalore serial blasts, 26 July 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts and 13 September 2008 Delhi serial blasts. These four months was one of the most shocking span of time, claiming the lives of over 200 people and injuring more that 600. The signature move of IM was the real time e-mails to various media organizations. This was one of the e-mails carefully drafted four minutes prior to the 2008 Ahmedabad bombings.
"... Here we are back - the Mujahideen of India - the terrorists on the disbelievers - the radicals of Islam - after our triumphant and successful assault at Jaipur, once again calling you all, who disbelieve in Allah and His Messenger Muhammad to accept Islam and bear witness that there is none to be worshipped except Allah, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. Accept Islam and save yourselves.
O Hindus! O disbelieving faithless Indians! Haven’t you still realized that the falsehood of your 33 crore dirty mud idols and the blasphemy of your deaf, dumb, mute idols are not at all going to save your necks, Insha-Allah, from being slaughtered?
We call you, O Hindus, O enemies of Allah, to take an honest stance with yourselves lest another attack of Ibn-e-Qasim sends shivers down your spines, lest another Ghauri shakes your foundations, and lest another Ghaznawi massacres you, proving your blood to be the cheapest of all mankind! Have you forgotten your history full of subjugation, humiliation, and insult? Or do you want us to repeat it again? Take heed before it is too late!
So wait! ................ Await now……….! Wait only for five minutes from now! .... Wait for the Mujahideen and Fidayeen of Islam and stop them if you can - who will make you feel the terror of Jihad. Feel the havoc cast into your hearts by Allah, the Almighty, face His Dreadful Punishment, and suffer the results of fighting the Muslims and the Mujahideen. Await the anguish, agony, sorrow and pain. Await, only for 5 minutes, to feel the fear of death...".
This explains the macabre of the home bred indigenous terrorist organization and their ideologies. Since then, several such emails have been send to different cities prior to the bombings. They affirm Hindus as “an enemy of Islam” and the innocents are the targets of this new mindless brutality unleashed by an Islamic organization lurking as a silhouette. It has morphed into a leading endemic terrorist outfit, whose fingerprints are evident in most terror attacks like the 2010 Pune bombings, 2010 Jama Masjid attacks and supposedly the recently occurred 13 July 2011 Mumbai serial blasts. Although, there are many wild conjectures popping up regarding the people responsible for the attacks, IM is under high suspicion by Delhi police. I sincerely hope that the culprits of such a heinous act be brought to justice soon.