Why Indian Mujahidin is banned?

Emails to US State Department, UK Home Department have not been replied

New Delhi: “Indian Mujahidin” (IM) is a fictitious organisation most possibly created by the Indian Intelligence Bureau to justify the repression and terrorisation of the Indian Muslim community in the name of fighting terror. Apart from a few emails sent at the time of some bomb blasts, it has no real or tangible existence outside Intelligence Bureau and Police claims which are lapped by their stenos in the media. India has a free and fearless press but when it comes to the issue of “terrorism” it becomes ultra-nationalist and develops cold feet and starts parroting the secret notes pushed by faceless security agency officials.

Banned Organisations
(as shown on Indian Ministry of Home Affairs website on 24 August 2012)

List of organisations declared as terrorist organisations under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967

1. Babbar Khalsa International
2. Khalistan Commando Force
3. Khalistan Zindabad Force
4. International Sikh Youth Federation
5. Lashkar-e-Taiba/Pasban-e-Ahle Hadis
6. Jaish-e-Mohammad/Tahrik-e-Furqan
7. Harkat-ul-Mujahideen/Harkat-ul-Ansar/Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami
8. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen/ Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Pir Panjal Regiment
9. Al-Umar-Mujahideen
10. Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front
11. United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA)
12. National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB)
13. People’s Liberation Army (PLA)
14. United National Liberation Front (UNLF)
15. People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK)
16. Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP)
17. Kanglei Yaol Kanba Lup (KYKL)
18. Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF)
19. All Tripura Tiger Force
20. National Liberation Front of Tripura
21. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
22. Students Islamic Movement of India
23. Deendar Anjuman
24. Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) -- People’s War, All its formations and front organizations
25. Maoist Communist Centre (MCC), All its formations and Front Organisations
26. Al Badr
27. Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen
28. Al-Qaida
29. Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DEM)
30. Tamil Nadu Liberation Army (TNLA)
31. Tamil National Retrieval Troops (TNRT)
32. Akhil Bharat Nepali Ekta Samaj (ABNES)
33. Organisations listed in the Schedule to the U.N. Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (Implementation of Security Council Resolutions) Order,2007 made under section 2 of the United Nations (Security Council) Act, 1947 (43 of 1947) and amended from time to time www.un.org/sc/committees/1267/pdf/AQList.pdf
34. Communist Party of India (Maoist) all its formations and front organisations
35.Indian Mujahideen and all its formations and front organisations
Source: http://www.mha.nic.in/uniquepage.asp?Id_Pk=292

Just as the huge nationwide saffron terror network was slightly exposed by Maharshtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, the faceless “Indian Mujahidin” appeared on the scene through an email sent by “Guru Al Hindi” to some media organisations on 23 Nov. 2007. It was sent from a cybercafe in Ghaziabad near Delhi. Its Hindu owner, a local Congress leader, went unscathed.

At first, the Union home ministry did not ban it and kept saying as reported by the Kolkata Telegraph weeks before the ban, that it cannot ban something it does not know. Then, suddenly, on 4 June 2010 it together with “all its formations and front organisations” was banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967 as the 35th banned organisation in India and still retains that number on the home ministry website but without any further clarification as to why it was banned and what is the basis of the ban. The claim parroted by the Indian media is that it is a shadow outfit of the banned SIMI and Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba. It is claimed the IM is involved in serial bomb blasts in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bangalore and Mumbai. It is claimed that this terror group is at present headed by Iqbal Bhatkal who remains at large.

Following India, many foreign countries including America and Britain too banned IM. MG editor Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan sent out two emails in this respect to the US Department of State and to the UK home secretary [i.e. home minister] but both have failed to reply. Interestingly the UK government when banning the IM on 5 July this year informed the British Parliament that IM is trying to establish an Islamic state in India and endeavours to implement Shariah in India which is a claim even the Government of India has not made. Below are the two emails which are self-explanatory:
Email to the US State Department
Ambassador Daniel Benjamin
Coordinator of the Department of State’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism
Dear Sir,
On 15 September this year, Secretary Clinton on your advice designated the “Indian Mujahideen” (IM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/09/172442.htm).
I will be grateful if you would kindly let me know the basis for this decision, was it based on an independent US assessment or just based on information received from the Indian government. There are people here in India who believe that “Indian Mujahidin” does not exist, that it is a creation of the Indian intelligence to serve its purposes. Apart from some tall claims, this organisation’s whereabouts, its leaders etc are unknown. We, as Indian Muslims, are very much concerned with this matter as the subtle message or subtext of “Indian Mujahidin” is that some Indian Muslims indulge in terrorism which is not correct at all. We abhor and reject terrorism in all forms.
Waiting for your reply.
Yours sincerely
Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan
Editor, The Milli Gazette
New Delhi, India
22 Sept. 2011
(Receipt of this email was confirmed by the U.S. Department of State vide message at http://contact-us.state.gov/app/ask_confirm/refno/110922-000034 (at 2:52 pm - 22-9-11) but no reply has been received till date [24 August 2012].
Email to the UK Home Department

Ms. Theresa May
Hon’ble Home Secretary, London, U.K.
Email: public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk ; mayt@parliament.uk

Dear Ms. May

You announced in the House of Commons on 5 July this year that the UK government has banned the so-called “Indian Mujahideen” organisation which, according to your reported statements, “had been engaged in indiscriminate mass-casualty attacks in India”. You were further reported to have said that this so-called outfit “uses violence to achieve its stated objectives of establishing an Islamic state in India and implementing Sharia law” (Asian Age, Delhi, 6 July 2012).

Your junior colleague at the Home Office Minister Mr. James Brokenshire reportedly told House of Commons on the same day that the decision was “not taken lightly” but after thoroughly reviewing all the available information about the India-based terror group (Pioneer, Delhi, 6 July 2012).

We are very much concerned about the issue of terrorism in India as it touches the lives of the Muslim community here. We would like to request you to let us know the grounds and the informations used to arrive at this decision including the claim that the said outfit (Indian Mujahideen) wants to establish an Islamic state in India and to implement Sharia here.
Thanking you in anticipation,
Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan
Editor, The Milli Gazette
Email sent on 17 August 2012 via email to both the official and personal email IDs of the British minister but no reply or even acknowledgment received so far.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2012 on page no. 8

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