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Spl Teams To Locate 31 Indian Mujahideen Men

PTI 14 Dec 2010, 17:31:16 IST
New Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) In an offensive against cadres of Indian Mujahideen, the Government has formed special teams to locate 31 most wanted men of the banned outfit, whose list has been circulated to all states and union territories.

According to official sources, these special teams will make "concerted efforts" to apprehend the absconding IM terrorists within the country and coordinate with foreign countries where they are suspected to be holed in.

The Union Home Ministry prepared a complete set of the 31 absconding Indian Mujahideen cadres and circulated it to all the states and union territories for gaining more and more information about them.

The detailed dossiers about the IM militants along with photographs have also been shared with a few Gulf countries as intelligence inputs suggested that some of them were currently based there their with Pakistani passports.

The sources said some of the foreign countries had already started helping the security agencies and begun surveillance on some suspects.

Among these 31 terrorists, eight are from Uttar Pradesh (all from Azamgarh), ten from Karnataka (three of them from Bhatkal town), six from Kerala (all from Kannur), three from Maharashtra and two each from Gujarat and Jharkhand. Of these terrorists, majority were either in Pakistan or in Middle-East while around 10 are in India, the sources said.

The Home Ministry dispatched the particulars of the IM terrorists to the states and advised them to be alert and look for them as some of them could be hiding anywhere in India.There have been regular intelligence inputs that the IM has been trying to expand its network by recruiting new members, particularly from Uttar Pradesh, and sending some of them to Pakistan for terror training.

Sources said though the IM cadres were lying low for sometime, the terror group has not desisted from launching terror attacks in the country -- the recent one being at Varanasi on Tuesday last.  PTI