Indian Mujahideen is something that we are all familiar with. However when the outfit was formed, this was not even the name. A group of youth came together and decided to call the outfit Usaba.
It was only once a mail was sent out following the court blast in Uttar Pradesh in the year 2007 did the name Indian Mujahideen crop up.
When the mail claiming responsibility for the blasts was sent out, the mailer decided to issue the note under the name of the Indian Mujahideen. This name was liked by some of the members of the group following which all the rest of the communications were issued under the name of the Indian Mujahideen.
However all the operatives while speaking with each other never referred to their group as the Indian Mujahideen, but only called it Usaba.
The birth of Usaba
A group of persons got together in Bhatkal and decided to start a group and called it Usaba. The word Usaba in Arabic means congregation. Usaba is a congregation of more than 11 persons but less than 40. The primary objective of the Usaba was to have a group of like minded persons with the same mentality and also same objective.
In this case a group of like minded youth got together and decided that they would have a common agenda and that would be to wage a holy war against the Hindus.
The group got together and said that their only aim should be to wage a holy war and also stated that Jihad is an obligation from God to servants to establish an Islamic society. In this context there was a need to oppose the Indian Constitution, the Usaba also decided.
Usaba grew from 8 to 40
The meetings of the Usaba would take place every Friday at the residence of Iqbal Bhatkal in Bhatkal, Karnataka.
The meetings would discuss weapons training, finances, spotting talents and also spiritual discourse. Discussions on procurement of weapons and logistics were also discussed.
This group of youth then decided that they would get in touch with their friends who had similar thoughts. In this context persons were Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Darbhanga in Bihar and Pune in Maharashtra were called in to join the Usaba.
Gradually the strength of this group grew from a meagre 8 persons to 40. However this group decided that they would keep their group small and follow the real meaning of Usaba which did not exceed more than 40 persons.
This turned beneficial for the group since operating in smaller numbers always helps hide the heat from the police.