Wednesday, August 6, 2008

India and its date with Terror.

Blasts, bloodshed and devastation have become staple viewing in recent times. Every now and then, ‘Breaking News’ flashes across channels showing gory pictures of the dead, wide-spread destruction, and expressions of bleak terror. Here is a timeline of major blasts, which shook the country and did more than just damaging life and property - it created insecurity and turmoil deep in the pubic psyche. SIMI was considered to be a major force behind the blasts, but reports remain unconfirmed.

Ø July 26: Seventeen blasts went off in Ahmedabad within a span of 90 minutes starting 6:45 pm. The areas targeted were Maninagar, Isanpur, Narol circle, Bapunagar, Hatkeshwar, Sarangpur bridge, Sarkhej, Odhav, Sardar Patel market, Civil hospital, Juhapura, Ambur tower building, Raipur and Gowribhadi. Reports suggest that nearly 30 people have been killed and 100 others injured. Lashkar and HuJI have claimed responsibility for the attack. Police arrested SIMI activist Abdul Halim in connection with the serial bombings. Halim, also wanted in the 2002 Gujarat riots case, had gone into hiding after the sectarian violence and remained untraceable. ·

July 25: Terror hit Bangalore Friday afternoon as nine low intensity blasts ripped through different parts of the IT city. Majority of explosions took place within a span of half an hour, starting at 1:45 pm. The sites targeted were Madiwala, Adugodi area, Koramangla, Hosur Road, Nayandahalli and Shivaji Nagar on Mysore Road and Langford Town. Home Minister Shivraj Patil said two persons were killed and 12 injured in the blasts and sources in the Union Home Ministry said that the hand of local cadre of banned SIMI was suspected to be behind the blasts and the expertise in assembling the low intensity devices possibly being provided by Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba. The investigation is still ongoing.

Ø May 13: Eight blasts rip through Jaipur killing at least 80 people and leaving over 200 injured. Police arrested an alleged SIMI member for interrogation. The bombs, many strapped to bicycles, exploded within minutes of each other. It was the deadliest bomb attack in India in nearly two years. Investigation on going. ·

March 27: SIMI chief Safdar Nagori (Mahidpur), Amil Parvez (Unhel) arrested from Indore, along with 10 alleged members of the group by Madhya Pradesh State Police's Special task force. Subjected to Narco test. Later sent into judicial custody. ·

February 21: The Corps of Detectives arrested a software engineer Yahya Khan, for suspected links with the banned SIMI from Guruappanapalya under Mico Layout police station limits in Bangalore, capital of Karnataka. However, four of his alleged accomplices escaped during the police operation. 2007 ·

November 23: Serial blasts in Lucknow, Faizabad and Varanasi courts. The state is still to identify the masterminds of the blasts. Though the Police have named the persons in the charge sheet, it is still clueless about the identity of the people involved. The state govt has set up a judicial enquiry to look into the allegations. The two other accused are Sajjad-ur-Rehman and Tariq Kashmiri. Though trial has begun, this is a no evidence case. Moreover, the investigators have failed to trace the sender of the e-mail that has landed in the offices of TV channels at the time of serial blast. ·

August 25: Two bombs rip through crowded public areas - Gokul Chat Shop and Lumbini amusement park in Hyderabad, killing at least 42 people. Police investigations pointed to HuJI, a Bangladesh based militant organization being behind the blast. The prime suspect in the case, Mohammed Shahid alias Bilal, was suspected to have links with SIMI. A year after the blasts, investigations have led to a dead end. Bilal has not been found, far less arrested. ·

May 18: A bomb blasts at a historic Mecca mosque, in Hyderabad’s old city. 11 people killed. Investigation into the blast at Mecca Masjid that killed 14 people, pointed to HuJI and SIMI with links in Pakistan and Bangladesh. A year later, the CBI-led probe assisted by a local police Special Investigation Team (SIT) has amounted to nothing. 2006 ·

September 8: At least 30 people are killed and 100 injured in twin blasts at a mosque in Malegaon in Maharashtra. The explosives were triggered by bombs planted in bicycles. Maharashtra police claims that blasts were the handiwork of ex-SIMI members. The state govt handed over the investigation to the Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), which registered seven separate FIRs. 13 arrests were made and a charge sheet was filed against them on November. The accused were booked under various Acts. On Feb 29, the Supreme Court stayed the trial in the case after an accused challenged the application of MCOCA in the case.

· July 11: A serial blast was carried out in Mumbai, killing around 200 and hurting more than 1000 innocent commuters in the 7 different local train stations within a time gap of 11 min. SIMI has been suspected of carrying out this terror activity with the help of Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan and Kashmir based terrorist organizations (according to US list) like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad. ·

July 6: The Supreme Court rejects a plea by the Students Islamic Movement of India to lift the ban that the Government of India imposed on the organisation in 2001. 2005 · October: Three bombs placed in busy New Delhi markets one day before Diwali kill 62 people and wound hundreds. The first blast took place in the main bazaar of Paharganj near the Delhi Railway Station, the second blast in Govindpuri area and within minutes of the second explosion, the third explosion took place in South Delhi's busy Sarojini Nagar market. The Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist organization, the Islamic Revolutionary Front or Islamic Inquilab Mahaz, claimed responsibility for the Delhi terrorist attacks. Investigation is still ongoing. 2003 ·

September 12: Five persons, including two SIMI activists, are arrested for the removal of railway sleeper clips from the tracks in Kumardubi-Barakar section in West Bengal. ·

August 2003: Two taxis packed with explosives blow up outside a Mumbai tourist attraction and a busy market, killing 52 and wounding more than 100. ·

May 14: Mumbai Police arrest three persons from Padgah village and foil a plan that envisaged a series of explosions in Mumbai and Kerala, which was allegedly hatched by the SIMI and Lashkar-e-Toiba. 2002 ·

December 2: Two persons were killed and over 50 injured when a bomb went off in a bus at Ghatkopar in Mumbai. A special POTA court in Mumbai acquitted all the eight accused in the Ghatkopar blast case. ·

October 7: Supreme Court issues notices to Union Government and eight States on a petition filed by the SIMI challenging the Union Home Ministry's order declaring the organization as unlawful and the subsequent order of a Tribunal upholding the same. States to which notices were issued are: Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. · March 18: SIMI activist Hasib Raja is arrested in Kolkata, West Bengal, and half a kilogram of RDX is seized from him. He was allegedly planning to blow up the Howrah Bridge. 2001 ·

September 27: Union Government imposes a ban on the SIMI under section 3(1) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Following the ban, 241 SIMI activists were arrested across the country and authorities seal many of its regional offices. 2000 ·
March 12: Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Chhagan Bhujbal, discloses in the State Legislative Assembly that Pakistan-based underworld don Chhota Shakeel, in league with the SIMI, is inciting communal riots in some parts of the State. 1993 · March 1993: Underworld figures tied to Pakistani militants allegedly carry out a series of bombings on Mumbai's stock exchange along with trains, hotels and gas stations in the city, killing 257 people and wounding more than 1,100.
How long will we have to face this in your face terror from around.Why cant we root this evil??

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