Saturday, June 13, 2009

Terror cocktail: LeT tries to seal deal with Naxals



Arunoday Mukharji
CNN-IBN



LASHKARS RED CORRIDOR: The Lashkar-e-Toiba was looking to align with local Naxal cadres in India.

New Delhi: Mohammad Umair Madani is the latest catch in the Delhi Police net and they claim he is quite a big fish.


Lashkar-e-Toiba’s top man in Nepal, Madani was targeting India with some specific intentions, highlighting a whole new Lashkar gameplan which boasts of a more intelligent and threatening terror strategy than before. And at the heart of the strategy is an attempt to link the Lashkar's network with the Naxals in central parts of the country.


CNN-IBN has exclusively learnt from highly-placed sources that apart from the metros, Madani had a special eye on Jharkhand. This is the first time that an Islamic extremist organisation seems to be reaching out to the Naxals for support, resulting in a deadly cocktail which could prove lethal for India.


Through Madani, the Lashkar was looking to align with local Naxal cadres and provide them logistical support and use their local bases to penetrate the red corridor and further their jihad.


With a firm hold in this region, the possible combination of a Naxal-Lashkar onslaught launched from almost five states would be an overwhelming force for security agencies to reckon with.


“There are strong linkages and the consequences are strongly adversarial to India because it is one solid integrated activity against the Union of India,” Editor of Indian Defence Review Bharat Verma said.


It is now clear that the Lashkar is waging a more intelligent war within India.



Madani was given specific tasks. He was asked to carefully pick highly qualified recruits which included two computer literate individuals from each metro.



He was to asked to establish contact between the Lashkar terror modules and the Naxal leadership.



He was also keeping an eye on the coastal areas of Kerala and increase recruitment for the Laskhar in the state.



He was on the lookout to recruit men who could sail and steer small motorised boats for coastal operations.
Alleged SIMI activist Abu Bashar, who was implicated by the Gujarat Police for the Ahmedabad serial blasts, has confessed to the presence of training camps in the coastal areas. But it is the Lashkar attempt to link-up with Naxal groups that is the real worry for security agencies now.


The fact that Madani spent many years in Nepal when Maoists were at their peak may be why he is inclined to a possible tie-up with Naxals.


But whatever be the reason behind the tie-up, the consequences are certain to be formidable, setting an uphill task for security forces in the near future, and seriously threatening homeland security for the people of India.

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