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Hubli is hub of terror in South

Hubli is hub of terror in South

Author: PT Bopanna
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: February 4, 2008

The arrest of a Pakistan-trained suspected hard-core terrorist recently by Karnataka Police at Davanagere has brought to light the fact that the terrorist menace has spread its tentacles to the backward northern Karnataka region.

The police believe that Mohamed Ghouse(23) alias Riazuddin Naser, hailing from Hyderabad, the south India commander of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, had started recruiting students doing professional studies around Hubli city, to set off explosions in the region.

Though a section of the electronic media has gone to town with the claim that the Lashkar boys had set up a terror training camp in the wooded areas of Dharwad district, there is hardly any tell-tell signs to prove the claim that they had used real bullets for target practice.

Ghouse had befriended Asadullah Abubakar, a final year student of ayurvedic medicine at Hubli and the duo had stolen motorcycles that the police believe were meant to set off explosions.

The duo had befriended Mohamed Asif, a final year medical student of Hubli, who was arrested by the police while riding a motorcycle stolen from Davanagere and recovered from him photographs of Assadullah and Mohamed Ghouse.

Ghouse reportedly told the interrogators that he was upset after his father Maulana Naseeruddin was arrested and jailed for the killing of former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya.

Ghouse and Assadullah are now in police custody at Davanagere and they are being quizzed by Central and State agencies, including IB, CBI, Gujarat and Andhra police.

According to reports, Ghouse was deeply influenced by the Al-Qaeda attack on the American World Trade Centre and wanted to take revenge on the US for attacking Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq.

During his stay in Jeddah, Ghouse met terrorist Shahid Bilala's brother Abdul Samad, and with the latter's help went to Pakistan where he was trained in the use of firearms and explosives, including the use of Uzi, the firearm manufactured in Israel.

Based on the information provided by the medical student Asif, the police have rounded up three more medical students from Bellary, Gulbarga and Hubli.

Meanwhile, a Corps of Detectives team from Bangalore rushed to Hubli on Sunday to pursue the investigation.

With Ghouse proving a hard nut to crack, he is likely to be subjected to narco-analysis in Bangalore in the next couple of days.

The security agencies believe that some of the major installations like the Kaiga nuclear plant, Karwar naval port and a couple of irrigation dams could be in the scanner of the terrorist groups in northern Karnataka.

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