New Delhi, Mar 14: Was a cell of the al-Qaeda in the sub-continent (AQIS) operating in the jungles of Jharkhand with the help of naxals? The Delhi police recently bust a module and carried out nation wide arrests stating that a cell of the AQIS was trying to set up shop in India.
There were arrests made in Bengaluru and Odisha and the police had claimed that these clerics had not only brainwashed youth, but were also facilitating terror camps.
The Delhi police had provided inputs regarding this module and one of them was that a camp was being run inside the jungles of Jharkhand.
While the Jharkhand police are still awaiting information from the Delhi police about the correct modalities of this camp, officers also suspect that some of these camps could have been operating in naxal bases.
Did naxals help the AQIS?
The AQIS has really not made much of a mark in India. There have been feeble attempts on part of some cadres to set up shop, but nothing concrete has emerged as of now. The AQIS was announced by the global chief of the outfit, Ayman al-Zawahiri in September 2014, but it never took off.
While there is no concrete information suggesting that naxals had lent space to AQIS operatives, officers say that it is worth probing. The naxals would provide space to anyone who would try and hurt India. Investigations in the past too have shown that some elements in Pakistan have aided the naxals in the form of weapons and funds.
The Delhi police contends that one of the clerics arrested in Odisha who goes by the name Abdul Rehman Kasmi was running the camps. At the time of his arrest, the police had said that he had travelled extensively to Ranchi and Jamshedpur.
During the investigation, some leads suggesting that he was running a camp deep in the jungles of Jharkhand had also cropped up. He had operated along with two others, the police contend.
Intelligence Bureau officials say that terror groups are known to run camps in jungles. There have been instances in the past too which had shown a link between the naxals and some operatives of the radical SIMI faction.
It is a matter that needs to be probed as naxals are known to give out space in exchange for funds and arms, the officer also informed.