By Dr. Manish Kumar
A clearly visible and imminent risk is hovering over India. The country will have to be very careful about threat perception from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) conspiracy. In the same manner that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and ISIS terrorists are wiping out Shias in Iraq, the ISIS wants to repeat the horror in India too. The Indian Muslims have dismissed Al-Bagdadi’s appeal, but there is an apprehension that with the lure of money some people may get involved in the conspiracy or some mercenaries may get involved and carry out a plan to stoke violence in the country. An apprehension is also being expressed that the ISIS will make every attempt to ignite violence between Shias and Sunnis in the country. Chauthi Duniya is in the possession of some mind blowing information which makes it imperative for the Government to be especially alert on the occasion of Muharram, due shortly, and focus on the security of Shia religious leaders.
MAULANA Kalbe Rushaid Rizvi is the most respected Shia religious leader in India. He is also a member of the Muslim Personal Law Board. He is more vocal than any other Maulana in the social and political activities of the country. Sometimes, he can be seen sharing a dais with Baba Ram Dev, or can be seen touring the country, teaching people the importance of peace, unity, sometimes he can be seen fighting against corruption from Anna Hazare’s platform. In TV debates, he is the most credible spokesperson of the Shias. Actually, people from all religions respect him.
Some time back, the Maulana was in Laxmi Nagar in New Delhi. He was sitting in his car with his driver, while a companion had got out of the car to shop. Suddenly, a person appeared and told the driver to roll down the car window while across the road three or four people could be seen running towards the car. The driver saw them and quickly sped away. The question is: who were those and what was their intention? Had they come to attack Maulana Kalbe Rushaid?
The story begins some six months ago. At that time Maulana Kalbe Rushaid was engaged in electioneering in Amroha, UP. He was a candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Some people came to sell an MMS, phone audio-video message package for campaigning. During this time he held a meeting with a person, but keeping the security angle in view, we will not disclose the real name of that person. Let us call him – Ramesh. During the campaign, Maulana was not receiving e-mail or messages properly on his phone. While talking to Ramesh, the Maulana told Ramesh about the e-mail and messages problem. Ramesh said it will take some time to rectify it and left after saying so.
A couple of days later, he returned and asked Maulana at how many places his e-mail had been configured, meaning on which phones and computers the Maulana’s e-mail could be opened. Maulana replied that it could be opened on his phone, his daughter’s phone and perhaps his office in Delhi. Hearing this, Ramesh replied that no, your mail is opened at least in seven places. Your mail is being read simultaneously at seven places, which means that the mail coming to Maulana was also going simultaneously to seven different phones or computers. The Maulana was shocked. Now the question is: who was spying on Maulana through his e-mails? What was the purpose? Who were the people who felt the need to access Maulana's e-mails?
Perhaps the Maulana was not aware that he had become a pawn or frontage in a conspiracy connected with terrorist outfits. Ramesh said that he would reveal in a few days who was spying on the e-mails. A day later, Ramesh called Maulana Sahib and told him that his e-mails were being opened on a phone that was located abroad. Whose phone was that, where was the location, all these information could not be found because location changed every hour.
The location of any ordinary mobile can be known through its IP, whichever mobile network it is connected with can be found out from the nearest telephone exchange. But the story of this phone was different. Whoever had the phone was a master at interfering with the basic telephone techniques and could therefore show a different location every half or one hour. He was an expert at hiding his location. Now the question is, who could that person be who needs to keep hiding his location? Ramesh told Maulana that he was trying to find out who, after all, was the owner of this mobile phone.
When Ramesh stepped up investigations, he found that the phone belonged to one Usman Malik. Now, who is Usman Malik? There is one Usman Malik who was jailed for three years for terrorist activities by a court in Britain. But it could be that this was not the same Usman Malik. It could also be that Usman Malik is a fake name. It could be that the phone belongs to someone else who pretends to be Usman Malik and has bought the SIM card in that name. Be that as it may, if in his mobile IP a person has installed a ‘jumper’ and is trying to hide his location and is monitoring someone else’s e-mail ID, it clearly means that he is linked with a gang or organisation which indulges in unlawful activities. Just hearing the word ‘terrorist’ shocked Maulana Kalbe Rushaid Rizvi. Then he spoke to a friend and informed the intelligence agencies about the ordeal. Initial investigations revealed that the e-mail game being played was not a simple one, but was being done under a well-defined plan.
Sleuths of intelligence agencies focused on the activities of this gang and began a further probe. Those who were involved with this gang in India were also identified. Sources reveal that five persons associated with this gang in Rajasthan were nabbed. Who were these people? Perhaps the intelligence agencies could reveal it.
But Maulana Kalbe Rushaid Rizvi is a high-profile target. If the ISIS or Al-Baghdadi want to create Iraq like war between Shias and Sunnis in India, then the killing of a high-profile personality like Maulana Kalbe Rushaid Rizvi is enough to inflame the feelings of the people. Terrorist organisations have no religion and neither do they have any love for humanity. In the greed for money and power, they are the demons who taste blood of innocent people. There is no doubt that if Al-Baghdadi has made such a plan, there is no dearth of money to carry it out. Al-Baghdadi may not get Muslims to join him in India, may not get the Sunnis to do so, but what is the guarantee that someone will not get misled by the lure of money? The greed for money is a compelling greed after all. It has nothing to do with any religion. In the grip of a greed, it could be a person of any religion who may readily do the job.
When Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi declared himself to be the Caliph, and declared Iraq to be an Islamic state, then in the same breath he had appealed to Muslims in India to join the war. Perhaps Al-Baghdadi does not understand India, because people who understand India and Indian Muslims, are well aware that Baghdadi’s appeal will not have any effect on Indian Muslims who have so far not become a part of any international terrorist network.
The only risk and danger is that the ISIS might succeed in offering money and cajoling one or two people to join the conspiracy and become its pawns. But as news of Al-Baghdadi’s ISIS and its diabolical acts began to surface, whatever little support it had also evaporated. But that does not mean that there is any reduction in the intentions of Al Qaeda or the ISIS.
The map of ISIS which Al-Baghdadi and his organisation issued also includes India.
According to a report, the ISIS is preparing a detachment of terrorists in India. It has been stated in it that some of the Indian terrorists will return to India and will carry out the activities of ISIS in India.
In fact, India is the second country in the world with the largest population of Shia Muslims. In Iraq the ISIS is carrying out violence against Shias.
According to sources, security agencies have suggested to the Government that the ongoing activities of Al Qaeda and the ISIS in Central Asia need to be pondered over because ISIS is emerging as a biggest danger in South Asia. The security agencies also informed the Government that the ISIS and Al-Baghdadi have charged the Indian terrorists fighting in Iraq and Syria with the responsibility of continuing their activities in India. If we go by the information available, the ISIS is the richest, most well organised and trained terrorist organisation so far. The money and weapons it has cannot be estimated.
Therefore, underrating the capacity of the ISIS would be the biggest mistake by India. There is no doubt that the ISIS will make every possible effort to establish its writ in India.
The most important festival of the Shias – Muharram – is due shortly. It is an occasion of mourning for the Shi'ites. They congregate at many places, take part in religious processions, and tazias are taken out. So, for any terrorist organisation this is an opportune time to strike. Therefore, the Government should alert the security and intelligence agencies about this impending risk.
ISIS’ mission in India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have said that the Indian Muslims will teach a lesson to Al Qaeda, but that does not mean that organisations like Al Qaeda or the ISIS have ended their activities here. According to a report, two terrorists of Indian origin in the ISIS are working to recruit the youth in the organisation. The disclosures that have been made are startling. Four engineering students who were Hyderabad residents were arrested in West Bengal.
They were about to cross the border and proceed to join the terrorist organisation. Those who were caught in Jaipur were also students of engineering.
Recently, there has been news that Al Qaeda, the international terrorist group, has recruited 17 youth of Manipur in the name of jihad recruitment in South Asia. However, this terrorist group's dirty conspiracy in India suffered a serious setback when four of the boys escaped from Pakistani training camps and returned to India. These boys told the Intelligence agencies that the remaining 13 boys also wanted to come back.
After this information was received, the Ministry of Home Affairs ordered filing an FIR (First Information Report) against Al Qaeda and the ISIS. There is also news that the CD for strengthening its organisation in South Asia by recruiting boys is genuine. According to sources, in India, the activities of two organisations – Ghazwa-e-Hind and Battle of Khursan – have been revealed. They are working in the north-eastern states to recruit youngsters.