At least seven major terror strikes since 2006 in the country have been linked to the Indian Mujahideen, the banned terror outfit. And every time terror strikes India, intelligence agencies turn the spotlight on three faces – Yaseen, Riyaz and Iqbal Shahbandari, better known as the Bhatkal brothers.
Intelligence agencies consider the outfit’s leaders, Bhatkal brothers, as India’s most wanted terror suspects. They believe that the outfit now virtually works as a BPO unit for its handlers.
As many as five states have arrested almost 93 Indian Mujahideen operatives after blasts, and each time, the outsourcing model of the outfit has outsmarted the police.
But are groups like the Indian Mujahideen creating religious divide in India? Are Muslims being the scapegoats?
Talking to Rajdeep Sardesai, MIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi said Muslims have been victimized in every terror attack, be it Malegaon or Mecca blasts. Owaisi blamed the ‘communal mindset’ of the police for the ‘demonization of Muslims.’ ”
“Just because 44 percent Muslims live in Hyderabad, you cannot blame us. Every place in India is soft target because of the communal mindset of the police. Police is not doing their work.”
“We know what IB did in Malegaon, Mecca blasts, and other terror attacks. We, Muslims, don’t believe in IM groups,” he said.
However, BJP leader Tarun Vijay did not agree with Owaisi. He said that terrorists may try to create a communal divide, but they cannot succeed in India. “No body demonizes Mulisms. Muslims are part of the mainstream India just as Hindus, Sikhs or Chirsitians are.”