Police claims busting terrorist hideout
Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu): The Cuddalore police claimed to have busted a fundamentalist outfit, Manitha Neethi Pasarai (MNP) at Nellikuppam which has been allegedly converting Dalits into Islam and imparting them training in handling weapons and martial arts.
The police rounded up 15 persons including three women, Pashira, Fatima Beevi and Chithira Rahina and seized from them long sickles, foreign-made daggers, cellphones (one having Arabic names and numerals), audio and video cassettes, amplifier, a binocular, a camera, digital diaries, incriminating documents and Rs 85,000 (in the denomination of Rs 500). The police claimed that masterminds, Khaja Mohideen (45) of Neyveli and Abdul Khani alias Pichaikhani of Keezhakarai escaped. According to the police, the MNP was said to be having a nationwide network and was suspected to have links with the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and acted as a recruiting agency to beef up the terrorist forces in Jammu & Kashmir.
The MNP which came into existence recently has well-formulated syllabi and the trainees were indoctrinated with "hate literature" and compact discs showing the demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya, the Coimbatore serial bomb blasts, the Godhra carnage and the Gujarat riots. The MNP received foreign funding, the police sources said.
After preliminary training at Nellikuppam, the MNP cadres received advanced training at Muthudevanpatti in Theni district and Ernakulam before the cadres were dispatched to Kashmir. The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Sanjay Arora said that the MNP had a militant orientation and there was prima facie evidence of its running a training camp. But no explosives were found, he said.
The Cuddalore Superintendent of police, K. Prem Kumar said that National Security Act would be invoked against the arrested persons.
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