KATHMANDU, Nov 7: The Indian Mujahideen (IM) is a terrorist organization involved in carrying out numerous blasts in India killing 230 civilians and injuring 886 to date.
The Government of India (GoI) banned and declared it as a terrorist organization back on 4 June 2010.
The IM believes in the Islamic Caliphate and wants to create that model all over South Asia where people are ruled by the doctrines of radical Islam.
The Indian Mujahideen is headed by Abdul Subhan Qureshi called India’s ” Bin Laden” he is now under police custody, but there are IM operatives all over India mainly centered in vast areas of Uttar Pradesh and according to the latest report have expanded and are active in areas of Nepal.
A recent report titled” Country Reports on Terrorism 2018″ released by the Bureau of Counterterrorism of the United States Department of State Publication states that ” IM has also expanded its area of operations into Nepal, which is now the biggest hub for IM operatives”.
It is evident that there is a presence of IM operatives in Nepal and due to the open border they have been able to operate with ease. Nepal is now their transit hub for coordinated attacks against India and it will be Nepal’s duty to keep a check on all such activities.
The IM is also closely related to the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) another banned Islamist organization with its base in Aligarh of Uttar Pradesh.
These radical organizations believe that the only way to escape the western influence and preserve their culture is to follow radical Islam and that the concepts of liberalism, nationalism, democracy, and secularism are the main cause and prime enemies of their doctrine.
Their ultimate goal is to establish khilafat which is a radical leader or the Islamic caliphate, and organizing the ummah or radical Islamic community, they want to achieve this through the method of Jihad, which is killing anyone and everyone not inclined toward their view and belief.
The IM is one of the most dangerous, and gruesome organizations for modern-day society, people and culture. They have been involved in killing people over a long time through coordinated bomb blasts in various cities of India.
Central leaders of the IM were killed and captured in the Batla House encounter in Jamia Nagar Delhi back in 2008. Atif Ameen and Mohammed Sajid were killed, while Yasin Bhatkal escaped but was later caught near the Nepal border in Raxaul by undercover Indian police in 2013.
Since IM has its main hub in Uttar Pradesh it was likely to spill over as the state of Uttar Pradesh shares the longest international border with Nepal.
Law enforcement will have to double their efforts and coordinate with intelligence to keep track of the operatives in Nepal.
Nepal will not want to put itself in the situation of 1999 when Indian Airlines was hijacked from the Tribhuvan International Airport by the Harkat -ul-Mujahideen militants. Similarly, a lot of IM operatives were caught in Nepal, with one of them who faced the gallows. Abdul Karim Tunda was caught in Pokhara. Yakub Memom was caught in the Tribhuvan International Airport while trying to flee to a third country. The latter has been tried and hanged.
Khurshid Alam who was killed in Sunsari last year was running a school. He is said to be involved in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, and he was linked to being superior in the IM.
The fact that IM operatives are increasing their activities should be a matter of grave concern for the law enforcement authorities in Nepal.