Saturday, September 01, 2007

Naxalite whiff detected in Hyderabad twin blasts

Daily News & Analysis

Saturday, September 01, 2007 1:50:00 AM

Josy Joseph

Pre-attack inputs, bomb choice hint at Maoist-jihadi link

NEW DELHI: Intelligence analysis of naxalite activity pre-dating the August 25 Hyderabad blasts, and the use of naxal-favoured explosives in that attack have persuaded the security establishment in New Delhi to investigate the possibility of a naxalite-jihadis nexus.

The Hyderabad twin-blasts have been blamed on the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), but no clinching evidence has been unearthed to prove that. Intelligence sources are convinced that the role of naxalites in the blasts must thus be carefully examined. The concern could embolden the hardliners in the security establishment who want naxals to be considered terrorists.

The naxal role in the blasts "cannot be ruled out right now", a senior official told DNA. He said that when intelligence inputs of the past months are read in the light of the blasts, it becomes clear that naxals and Islamic terrorists could be "actively collaborating" in Andhra Pradesh.

The bombs that shook Hyderabad contained neogel, an ingredient that bears the Maoist signature, intelligence sources said. They said neogel was not the ingredient of choice of Islamic terrorists for destructive devices. But the naxals use it often. On February 28, 2006, a truck (JH-11-A9822) belonging to Maoists was intercepted as it crossed into Nepal from India. Its deadly cargo included 475 kg of neogel-90.

"The explosive used is not the only reason for suspecting a naxal role," a senior intelligence official said. Recent inputs about the naxals' ideological positioning suggests that they may be making common cause with Islamic terrorists.

Resolutions adopted by the CPI (Maoist), the naxal group formed by the merger of the People's War of Andhra Pradesh and the Maoist Communist Centre of India, provide "ideological reasoning" for cooperating with Islamic terrorists.

"The naxals could provide logistical support to the local terror groups as a quid pro quo for obtaining sophisticated arms, or as part of a larger understanding," the official said.

The resolution was passed at the 9th Congress of the naxal group in January-February this year. One declaration resolved to extend "whole-hearted support to all nationality movements and their right to self-determination, including the right to secession". The enemy was defined as "Hindu fascists" who were oppressing "religious minorities". #

Moreover, recent intelligence from Nalgonda, a naxal hotbed, indicated that a dozen Muslim youths were missing. It was suspected that they had been dispatched to Bangladesh or Pakistan to undergo arms training. Nalgonda is the hometown of Razi-Ur-Rehman, alias Abdul Rehman, the suspected Lashkar member arrested in connection with the attack on the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Besides, intelligence experts point out that naxalite-terrorist collaboration is by no means unusual or unprecedented. In recent times, agencies have found Maoists working with a north-eastern insurgent group to persuade Naga members of a CRPF battalion to desist from serving in Chhattisgarh.

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