Monday, 21 October 2013

Security agencies unsure of Assam Mujahideen chief’s whereabouts

Posted By: Kame Daima, Admin BODOLAND
                                                              Editor’s Message

              Few years ago, as I was strolling one evening off the Marina Beach of Chennai, I was stunned to meet a couple from Golaghat district for their “extraordinariness”. They were newly married, and in reply they told me that they are on their honeymoon. I repeat extraordinary because they not only talked in broken Bodo, but the lady was in her dokhona. It made me ashamed because I was with my sister who was one of the active members of the central AABWF. But I never talked to her about it later.
         It tinged me for a long time and I had a divided opinion on why some of us so adverse to our own culture and upbringing. It took not so longer to get the root causes behind when I made one of my friends who defined it in this way:
   “I start talking in Bodo whenever I meet people from other community, and if that man is a bit comfortable, I finish with my tongue.”
      It is what he had a love for his own upbringing. I have no idea how many non-Bodos use our language, but to be frank, in many parts of our Baksa district they communicate in the language that we use. Some of them are now using Bodo as their means of communication at their home. They even have got a full assimilation to the very fabrics of our community, and these are not by threat or condition but by and cultural exchange inter-marriages to some extent. This is what they love doing it.
     Recently, reliable reports tell about some youths from parts of Udalguri districts using scissors and blades to discipline the astray girls and boys for using offensive dresses. Though we can not estimate the wrath and reaction it brings on the victim and fans, examples are there to adhere to their own choices and never to marry a Bodo!!!
     Time has come to decide and take a constructive decision to reassess the reality, and it should be not to harness a donkey in dry fields. Parents and student bodies should to play a pivotal role for the upkeep and upbringing of children’s culture and tradition. Religious institutions’ role would make it more enhancing. Even implementing Bodo code of dress and assembly session in our language in schools and colleges will bring about a satisfying result.
     We have to re-organize the Bodo Cultural Afad on sound footing and with the sole aim of uplifting our culture and tradition. Contradictions if any should be avoided. The Bodos from the heartland of Bodoland should shoulder this role and show a model example. Will and heart should be put together for that.
     I wonder of that marginalized Bodo couple from Golaghat who put me on shame. They convey a message to love our culture and tradition. We owe a great to them with reverence. 

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 Security agencies unsure of Assam Mujahideen chief’s whereabouts
R Dutta Choudhury
 GUWAHATI, Oct 20 – Though Yashin Bhatkal, one of the co-founders of the Indian Mujahideen (IM), has been arrested, several senior leaders of the outfit are still in Pakistan and they are masterminding operations from the neighbouring country. Meanwhile, the security agencies are still not sure of the whereabouts of the amir of the Assam unit of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), who managed to escape from Assam in the late 1990s following a massive crackdown.Highly placed security sources told The Assam Tribune that the arrest of Yashin Bhatkal is a major achievement and the forces managed to get vital information about the activities of the outfit, which is funded directly by Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence(ISI). But it is difficult to know the future plans of the outfit as the directives to the modules operating in India are given at the last moment and the IM, instead of attacking specific targets and security forces, has been planting bombs at public places to undermine the administration of the country.
Sources revealed that Riaz Bhatkal and his brother Iqbal Bhatkal, the amir and deputy amir (chief and deputy chief) of the IM, along with at least 15 other senior members of the outfit, are still in Pakistan and following his arrest, Yashin also corroborated the information that the security agencies had on the whereabouts of the top two men of the IM. They have been masterminding the operations from their hideouts in Pakistan and in most cases, instead of explosives like RDX, locally available materials like ammonium nitrate were used by the IM to trigger off explosions in public places so that the cases cannot be traced back to Pakistan.
Giving a background of the IM, sources said that the outfit was floated by the ISI with Indian youths so that the actions of the outfit cannot be traced back to Pakistan. A number of youths from places like Ajamgarh, Bhatkal, Pune, Gujarat, etc., were taken to Pakistan for training and some of them were also trained in the camps of the Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). However, these days, the IM is not operating along with the LET. Most of the IM members were taken to Pakistan through Bangladesh and Nepal and in fact, Yashin was caught when he was on his way back fromNepal.
Sources said that the existence of the IM first came to light following the involvement of the outfit in the serial blasts in Uttar Pradesh in 2007, following which, the outfit also triggered off explosions in different cities of the country. The security forces achieved its first success in the operations against the IM in Delhi in 2008. But whenever an IM member is caught, he or she is not aware of the future plans of the outfit, which are hatched in Pakistan and it is a major problem encountered by the security forces in controlling the activities of the outfit. In fact, even a senior leader like Yashin is not aware of the future plans and he only gave information about the activities of the outfitin the past. Interestingly, sources said that Yashin admitted that Ishrat Jahan, whose killing in Gujarat has become a major political issue, was a member of the IM.
The security agencies are still not aware whether the IM has any member in Assam, but the possibility of recruiting members from the state cannot be ruled out following the ethnic riots in the BTAD area last year. “The security agencies were not aware of the activities of HuM before the crackdown launched in the late 1990s and the possibility of a similar situation cannot be ruled out. In fact, no one is still quite sure on the whereabouts of the amir of the HuM, Assam, Master Akram alias Fakruddin, who escaped in 1999. Some inputs suggest that he is still in Pakistan, while there were some inputs that he was killed in Afghanistan,” sources added.
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