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Massacre in Mumbai: L-e-T role clear. Should Muslims continue to be in denial? Asks Founder-Editor Sultan Shahin

I would appeal to’s reader’s to go through these documents and debate whether Muslims in India should appear to be batting for Lashkar-e-Tayyaba’s terrorists, as they would appear to be doing if this syndrome persists and more Muslims started talking in these terms. Let us nip this menace in the bud.


Sultan Shahin, Editor,


From: Ghulam Muhammed 

To: Sultan Shahin <>

Thursday, November 27, 2008




1. With death threats against him already on record, why ATS Chief Hemant Karkare exposed himself on the streets of Mumbai as shown by TV clips, putting his safety helmet on? Who shot him? The terrorists or some insider? Had he got his fate sealed with his successes in exposing the hitherto hidden Hindu terrorism side of Hindutva  movement in India?


2. How 'Nariman House' came into the focus of the terrorists? Why Indian TV Channels refrained from mentioning that the building was a residence of Israeli Jews in India, owned by a Jewish trust, Chabad-Lubavitch, as reported by Jerusalem Post. JP reported: Chabad-Lubavitch fears for the safety of its Mumbai rabbi.


3. Why there was no news of any harm done to either the hostages in the Nariman House or the two five-star Hotels? Why the 'terrorists' became so coy in carrying out their 'mission'. It smacks of some dubious antecedents of the 'terrorists'.


4. Has the 'terrorist' attacks in Mumbai, has some connections with the Delhi elections. It is being reported that BJP was to end up third after Congress and BSP in the elections. If BJP were to do so badly in Delhi elections, they would have to write off their hopes for a come-back in next Lok Sabha elections.


5. Why CNN is connecting a local 'terrorist' attack to Al Qaida and making grounds for US/UK/Israel to muscle into the imbroglio as 'interested parties', so as to dictate terms on Indian government. Could it be a classic covert operation of entrapment of India?


6. Is India being prepared for a localized war with Pakistan?


Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai




Date:       Thu, 27 Nov 2008 10:48:21 +0530 [11/27/2008 10:48AM IST]

From:      Ghulam Muhammed <>

To:           Sultan Shahin <>

Date:       Thu, 27 Nov 2008 10:48:21 +0530 [11/27/2008 10:48AM IST]

From:      Ghulam Muhammed <>


---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: Amaresh Misra <<>

Date: Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 4:50 AM

Subject: urgent


Mumbai and India Under Attack


It is 4AM in India right now. I am in Mumbai reporting from the ground. I have not slept a wink. Mumbai is under attack. People and forces who killed Mahatama Gandhi, who demolished the Babari Mosque have triumphed. More than 16 groups of terrorists have taken over Taj, Oberai and several hotels. Hundreds of people are dead. For the first time no one is blaming Muslim organizations. The Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare and other officers of the ATS have been killed. These were the same people who were investigating the Malegaon Blasts--in which Praggya Singh, an army officer and several other noted personalities of the BJP-RSS-Bajrang Dal-VHP were arrested. Karkare was the man to arrest them. Karkare was receiving threats from several quarters. LK Advani, the BJP chief and several other prominent leaders of the so-called Hindu terrorism squad were gunning for his head. And the first casualty in the terrorist attack was Karkare! He is dead--gone--the firing by terrorists began from Nariman House--which is the only building in Mumbai inhabited by Jews. Some Hindu Gujaratis of the Nariman area spoke live on several TV channels--they openly said that the firing by terrorists began from Nariman house. And that for two years suspicious activities were going on in this house. But no one took notice.

                  Our worst fears have come true. It is clear that Mossad is involved in the whole affair. An entire city has been attacked by Mossad and probably units of mercenaries. It is not possible for one single organization to plan and execute such a sophisticated operation. It is clear that this operation was backed by communal forces from within the Indian State. The Home Minister Shivraj Patil should resign. The RSS-BJP-VHP-Bajrang Dal should be banned. Advani and others ought to be arrested. Today is a day of shame for all Indians and all Hindus. Muslims and secular Hindus have been proven right. RSS type forces and Israel are all involved in not only destabilizing but finishing India. India should immediately snap all relations with Israel. We owe this much to Karkare and the brave ATS men who had shown the courage to arrest Praggya Singh, Raj Kumar Purohit, the army officer and several others.

                  A photograph published in Urdu Times, Mumbai, clearly shows that Mossad and ex-Mossad men came to India and met Sadhus and other pro-Hindutva elements recently. A conspiracy was clearly hatched.

                   This is a moment of reckoning especially for Hindus of India. The killers of Gandhi have struck again. If we are true Sanatanis and true Hindus and true nationalists and true patriots we have to see this act as a clear attack by anti-national deshdrohi forces. Praggya Singh, Advani and the entire brand is anti-national. They ought to be shot. Any Hindu siding with them is hereafter warned of serious consequences.

                    This is a question of nationalism. If no one else, the Indian army will not take this lying down. Communal, anti-national forces have attacked the very foundation of the Indian constitution and the nation. We will fight a civil war if need be against the pro-Hindutva, communal forces and their Israeli backers.


Amaresh Misra





Pakistan - Voices of Jehad


"May Allah destroy America and Britain… May Allah help the Mujahedeen in Iraq, Kashmir, Palestine, Chechnya and around the world."

Maulana Mohammed Ishaq, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) leader, 
Islamabad, April 11, 2003.

"The holiest soil on earth is that of Pakistan and we cannot tolerate the unholy presence of Nancy Powell on our holy land. Her presence keeps us away from Allah's blessings. Pakistan should cleanse itself from her unholy existence… Allah has told us to make atom bombs. America is telling us not to. Who should we listen to O Muslims, Allah or America? Kashmir will not be solved by talks, not by American arbitration, not by its division but only by jihad, jihad, jihad!... The Hindus were terrorists yesterday, they are terrorists today and they will remain terrorists tomorrow. We are right in seeking revenge from these spawns of evil."

- Taped speech of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, chief of Lashkar-e-Toiba, played on Kashmir Day, 
at the Jamia Mosque Ghousia, Rawalpindi, February 2003.

"I have come here because this is my duty to tell you that Muslims should not rest in peace until we have destroyed America and India."

- Masood Azhar, Chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad, January 5, 2000.

"We pray that Iraqis would continue to resist American tyranny and terror and we believe victory will come to them in the long run… History would record the sacrifice of Iraqi people in defence of their sovereignty and independence threatened by US imperialism… The attack was motivated by US designs to grab oil resources of the Iraqi people and enslave them."

- Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Islamabad, April 10, 2003.

"We have the nuclear capability that can destroy Madras (India), surely the same missile can do the same to Tel Aviv. Washington cannot stop Muslim suicidal attacks. Taliban are still alive and along with "friends" they will continue the holy jihad against the U.S. America will destroy Iraq and later on repeat the same act of war against Pakistan, Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia."

- Gen. Hamid Gul, former ISI chief, Islamabad, March 2003.

Many Western Scholars have pointed their accusing fingers at some of the … verses in the Qur’an to be able to contend that world of Islam is in a state of perpetual struggle against the non-Muslims. As to them it is sufficient answer to make, if one were to point out, that the defiance of God’s authority by one who is His slave exposes that slave to the risk of being held guilty of treason and such a one, in the perspective of Islamic law, is indeed to be treated as a sort of that cancerous growth on that organism of humanity, which has been created "Kanafsin Wahidatin" that is, like one, single, indivisible self. It thus becomes necessary to remove the cancerous malformation even if it be by surgical means (if it would not respond to other treatment), in order to save the rest of Humanity… The idea of Ummah of Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam, is incapable of being realised within the framework of territorial states much less made an enduring basis of viewing the world as having been polarised between the world of Islam and the world of war. Islam, in my understanding, does not subscribe to the concept of the territorial state…

Allah Buksh K. Brohi, "Preface", in Brigadier S.K. Malik, 
The Quranic Concept of War
, 1986, pp. xix-xx.

"Terror struck into the hearts of the enemies is not only a means, it is the end in itself. Once a condition of terror into the opponent’s heart is obtained, hardly anything is left to be achieved. It is the point where the means and the end meet and merge. Terror is not a means of imposing decision upon the enemy (sic); it is the decision we wish to impose upon him."

- Brig. S.K. Malik, The Quranic Concept of War, 1986, p. 59.

America wants to destroy all Muslim countries one after another, so let us go and fight in the way of Allah.

- Maulana Rahmatullah, Tanzeem-i-Ulma, Peshawar, April 3, 2003

If the U.S. attacks Iraq, the MMA alliance and all their supporters will attack Washington and Tel Aviv.

- Sami ul-Haq, MMA leader, Islamabad, March 2003

There are thousands ready to go for Jihad but they are waiting for the request from the Taliban.

- Maulana Mohammad Alam, Leader of Tehreek Nifaz-e-Shariat Mohammadi, 
Peshawar, November 8, 2001

We will provide logistic support to the Taliban and will also provide information about Americans if the present regime did not stop supporting the US troops stationed in Pakistan.

- Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, Deputy Secretary-General, Jamaat-Ulema-e-Islam (Fazlur faction), Hyderabad, October 30, 2001

The Taliban are a symbol of Islam. This will be a long war against the infidel forces. They want to eliminate Muslims.

- Maulana Samiul Haq, Chief of his own faction of Jamaat-Ulema-e-Islam, 
Karachi, October 26, 2001

The United States has waged a crusade against the Muslims and, unfortunately, Pakistan's rulers are supporting her to carry out the genocide of Afghans in the name of curbing so-called terrorism… Musharraf is playing the role of an informer of the US and Islam declares the death penalty for such people.

- Sheikh Aqeelur Rehman, District President, Jamaat-e-Islami, 
Muzaffarabad, October 26, 2001

American repression and imperialism is a challenge for the entire Muslim world… [linking Osama with attacks in the US is part of a plan to pave wave for the US’] sinister plans to strike against Afghanistan.

- Joint statement by Jaish-e-Mohammad, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, 
Al Badr and Jamiat-ul- Mujahideen, September 19, 2001

The real war has just started… After Palestine and Afghanistan, now Iraq will also give birth to holy warriors. Who will free me from the clutches of Jews?

- Zarb-e-Momin, publication backed by Jaish-e-Mohammed, April 2003.

Muslim blood is being extracted to serve Jews' interest.

- Zarab-e-Taiba, publication backed by Lashkar-e-Toiba, April 2003.

"This is a matter of happiness for us that we are going to announce the holy war against Bush and his cronies from NWFP where the members of religious alliance are in power… It's enough and an eye opener for the Muslim Ummah to retaliate immediately as God's enemies (Americans and Britons) have imposed the worst kind of brutalities on the innocent Muslims… The MMA government must take steps for sending the faithful to Iraq to fight alongside their Iraqi brothers… Jihad is the lone weapon with Muslims to safeguard their rights and honour while such US attacks and cruelties on the Muslim would open more doors of the holy war."

- Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, chief of Lashkar-e-Toiba, Peshawar, March 30, 2003.

"We do not consider ourselves separate from Taliban or Afghanistan. Our history, our religion and blood and culture are the same. The Taliban government is our ideal government and we want a similar one in Pakistan because it has peace, equality and justice. We consider the war against Osama and Taliban a war against us, Pakistanis and Pakistan."

- Maulana Azam Tariq, Member of National Assembly from Jhang constituency and chief of Sunni group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, January 2003.

The US can declare us terrorists, but even then, we will continue waging war in India… The military government's biggest mistake is that it is not wising up its own people on the crucial juncture in the freedom movement in KashmirPakistan must complete its nuclear programme and strengthen its defence missile system to apply pressure on India besides taking its own people into confidence… We must not toe the US line in Afghanistan as it would be our greatest support in case of war with India. Support from China and the Islamic world should also be sought in this regard.

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, chief of Lashkar-e-Toiba, Karachi Press Club, May 11, 2001.

Bush wants the world to embrace Christianity. Muslims are being oppressed in Kashmir, Palestine, Bosnia, Chechnya and India. Muslim women are being raped in these countries. Jihad, under such a situation becomes obligatory… Jamaat will not confront with the army, but continue to wage jihad in the world. War with the infidels will not end through negotiations but through fighting. There is no possibility of compromise with the infidels.

Hafiz Abdul Salam, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Patoki, Punjab province, during a three-day convention, December 2002.

Compiled by K. P. S. Gill, strategic analyst, former DGP, Punjab, India.






India’s strategic deafness & the massacre in Mumbai


Praveen Swami


Had our political establishment acted on intelligence warnings, at least 127 people who made the mistake of being in Mumbai on November 26 would still have been alive.

Last month, the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s supreme religious and political head, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, made a signal speech to top functionaries: “The only language India understands is that of force, and that is the language it must be talked to in.”


Had India’s strategic establishment listened, at least 127 people who made the mistake of being in Mumbai on November 26 would still have been alive. If more carnage is to be prevented, it is imperative to understand the culture of strategic deafness that facilitated the murderous attacks.


From the testimony of the arrested fidayeen Ajmal Amin Kamal, the Maharashtra police have got their first insight into the role of Lahore and Karachi-based Lashkar commanders in organising the attacks. Both the Maharashtra police and other intelligence services of the nation seem confident that they will succeed in demonstrating that the guns in the hands of Kamal and his terror squad were directed by commanders in Pakistan.


Comparison with U.S.

But even as India debates what the authorship of the attacks will mean to Pakistan-India relations, commentators have been scrambling to contrast India’s responses to terror with that of the United States. While the U.S. has succeeded in blocking successive attempts to execute attacks on its soil since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the argument goes, India’s failure has been dismal.


Politicians have been quick to agree, blaming India’s intelligence services for failing to predict the Mumbai terror attack. In fact, the available evidence suggests that the boot is on the other foot: despite credible intelligence that terrorists were planning attacks in Mumbai and elsewhere, India’s political leadership failed to act.


Back in 2002, Indian intelligence informants began reporting that Lashkar operatives were being trained in marine commando techniques along the Mangla Dam, which straddles the border between Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the province of Punjab. It soon became clear that the Lashkar, which found it increasingly difficult to penetrate India’s Line of Control defences, was hoping to open new routes across the Indian Ocean — routes which would give it easy access to key cities like Mumbai.


In 2006, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil was disturbed enough by what India’s covert services were telling him to make a specific mention of the need to step up counter-terrorism defences. Among the intelligence that Mr. Patil based his speech on was the evolving story of Faisal Haroun, a top Lashkar operative who commanded the terror group’s India-focussed operations out of Bangladesh. In September 2006, Haroun was briefly held by Bangladesh authorities before he was quietly deported. But a west European covert service obtained transcripts of his questioning by Bangladesh’s Directorate-General of Field Intelligence — evidence which shook up even India’s Home Minister.


Haroun, it turned out, had been using a complex shipping network, and merchant ships and small fishing boats, to move explosives to the Lashkar units operating in India. Among the end-users of these supplies was Ghulam Yazdani, a Hyderabad resident who commanded a series of attacks, including the assassination of Gujarat pogrom-complicit former Home Minister Haren Pandya and the June 2005 bombing of the Delhi-Patna Shramjeevi Express. Investigators probing the Haroun story determined that his network had helped to land a giant consignment of explosives and assault rifles on the Maharashtra coast for an abortive 2006 Lashkar-led attempt to bomb Gujarat.


India’s intelligence services determined that Haroun had been attempting to set up an Indian Ocean base for the Lashkar. Along with a Male-based Maldives resident, Ali Assham, Haroun had studied the prospect of using a deserted island for building a Lashkar storehouse, from where weapons and explosives could be moved to Kerala and then to the rest of India. In 2007, when evidence emerged of heightened Islamist activity in Maldives — including the bombing of tourists in Male’s Sultan Park and the setting up of a Sharia-run mini-state on the Island of Himandhoo — the seriousness of the threat to India’s western seaboard became even more evident.


Last year, the Lashkar’s maritime capabilities were underlined once again, when a group of eight fidayeen landed off Mumbai’s coast. On that occasion, a superbly crafted intelligence operation enabled Coast Guard ships to track the landing. Police in Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir, acting on information provided by the Intelligence Bureau, arrested the fidayeen. However, it was clear that the networks Haroun was able to build were up and running.


Based on these warnings, New Delhi moved to step up coastal counter-infiltration measures. In its 2007-2008 Annual Report, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs detailed the measures put in place for “strengthening coastal security arrangements, to check infiltration.” In liaison with the nine coastal States and Union Territories, it said, funds had been earmarked to set up “73 coastal police stations which will be equipped with 204 boats, 153 jeeps and 312 motorcycles for mobility on coast and in close coastal waters. The coastal police stations will also have a marine police with personnel trained in maritime activities.”


Painfully slow

Precise figures are unavailable, but officials in three States told The Hindu that progress in realising the scheme was painfully slow. Both Maharashtra and Gujarat inaugurated over a dozen coastal police stations over the last year, but neither State set up a trained marine police. Fewer than a dozen new boats were made available to the two police forces. Without sophisticated surveillance equipment fitted on board, their use for counter-infiltration work was at best rudimentary. And while the Intelligence Bureau received sanction for hiring small numbers of new personnel to man new costal surveillance stations last year, it got neither boats nor observation equipment.


Despite credible intelligence of an imminent fidayeen assault, emerging from the interrogation of Lashkar operative Fahim Ansari, hotels and businesses failed to enhance their internal security systems. Neither the Trident Hotel nor the Taj Mahal Hotel, for example, had access control systems or a system to deal with a terrorist attack or bombing. For weeks before the attacks, police sources told The Hindu, Maharashtra police officials met with top corporate security heads, attempting to convince them of the need to invest in defending their facilities. Nothing was done.


Less than a week before the attacks, additional security stationed in south Mumbai was withdrawn. Maharashtra — which at just 147 policemen for every 1,00,000 population or, expressed another way, 49.9 to guard every 100 square kilometres, falls well short of global norms — simply did not have the resources to keep men tied up to guard every potential target.


Even if police personnel had been stationed near the terrorist targets, it is improbable that they could have intervened effectively. Mumbai, unlike any western city of scale, had no specially-trained emergency response team or a crisis-management centre with an established drill to deal with a catastrophic terrorist assault. In this, it was not exceptional: no Indian city has any crisis management protocol in place. “People contrast the United States’ post-9/11 successes with our failures,” notes a Maharashtra police officer, “but they should also be contrasting the billions spent by that country with the peanuts we have invested in our own security.”


“The whole system is premised on the assumption that our Intelligence Services will get a hundred per cent heads-up on the precise timing of a terrorist attack,” one intelligence official says, “but nowhere in the world does this happen. Intelligence is only an aid to on-ground policing, not a substitute”.


India’s strategic responses were no better. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his foreign policy advisers failed to read the sign that the jihadist groups in Pakistan were sharpening their swords.


In Saeed’s October 19 speech, delivered before an audience of key Lashkar leaders including Maulana Amir Hamza, Qari Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh and Muhammad Yahya Mujahid at the organisation’s headquarters in Lahore, he made it clear that he saw India as an existential threat. India, he claimed, was building dams in Jammu and Kashmir to choke Pakistan’s water supplies and cripple its agriculture.


‘Ongoing war’

Earlier, in an October 6 speech, Saeed claimed that India had “made a deal with the United States to send 1,50,000 Indian troops to Afghanistan,” and that it agreed to support the U.S. in an existential war against Islam. Finally, in a sermon to a congregation at the Jamia Masjid al-Qudsia in Lahore at the end of October, Saeed proclaimed that there was an “ongoing war in the world between Islam and its enemies.” He claimed “that crusaders of the east and west have united in a cohesive onslaught against Muslims.”


India has learnt that not all terrorism stems from Pakistan: the country has faced attacks from Indian Islamists, Hindutva groups, and ethnic-chauvinist organisations in the northeast. Each form of hate has fed and legitimised the other. But this circle of hate has been driven by organisations based in Pakistan too — jihadist groups which have demonstrated that while they are friends of the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, they are enemies of the people of Pakistan. In his recent address to the nation, Prime Minister Singh warned that he intends to “raise the costs” for those waging war against India. He could start by demanding that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari act against such groups — and then consider what can be done, if need be, to compel him to do so.




Wednesday, November 26, 2008








Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Rashtriya Sahara, Urdu Daily, Mumbai


Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Front Page News




Central Intelligence Agencies vigilant investigating in the aftermath of Malegaon blast; Enquiry being held into the February 2007 visit of prominent Israeli religious delegation and meetings with Hindutvadi Sadhu, Sanths and political leaders; Mossad infiltration a cause of deep concern for Intelligence officials


New Delhi, November 25: (Agencies) – According to an exposé in a national daily published from Madhya Pradesh and several other cities, in the aftermath of the arrests of Sadhu, Sadhvi, and other extremist Hindutvadis as involved in the Malegaon bomb blast, Intelligence agencies are now concentrating on foreign connections of the radical Hindutvadis.


In an special report published by the national daily, it has exposed this sensational news that in central intelligence agencies are to be believed, extremist Hindutvadis have got support and motivation from Israeli secret agency, Mossad's operations against the Arab and Muslim countries in the past.


The newspaper writes that relations between Mossad and CIA are world known. Report mentions that intelligence agencies are worried about the infiltration of Mossad and CIA in the country. According to undisclosed sources, Indian intelligence agencies are now examining the full details of the visit of Israel's religious leaders to India and their meetings withSadhu, Sanths. Intelligence agencies are investigating all those Hindu and Muslim leaders that the Israeli religious delegation had met.


According to the newspaper, it was during the rule of BJP's Atul Behari Vajpayee; a beginning was made for the visits of Hindutvadis, and especially Sadhus anddharam gurus of the Sangh Parivar to Israel. These visits have been on the increase. It was during Vajpayee's time, that the visits to Israel and consequently the relations and contacts of Sangh Parivar Dharam gurus and Hindutva leaders with Israelincreased manifold.


According to the newspaper, for last ten years, the central intelligence agencies have been closely studying and analyzing the growing strength of Hindutvadi and Sangh Parivar organisations and the increasing violence through these organisations against Muslims, Christians, and minorities in Gujarat,Orissa, Karnataka and other states. Intelligence agencies have disclosed that the visits of Jews and Israeli rabbis was not very frequent in the past, but it has increased to worrisome proportions, during last few years. Of all, the most studied is the February 2007 visit to Delhi of the delegation of Israeli Jewish religious leaders. The delegation was headed byIsrael's Chief Rabbi, Yonah Metzger.


In this delegation, Jewish religious leaders from Israelas well as others rabbis from Belgium and Spain too were included. In India, the Israel Jewish religious delegation met important Hindutva leaders, which included especially the RSS Chief K. S. Sudharshan, President of VHP, Ashok Singhal, VHP leader Vishnu Hari Dalmia.

After the meeting of the Sadhu Sanths and Jewish leaders, both delegations had issued a common manifesto.


In this meeting, Jewish Rabbis expressed grave concern over the details of the terrorist attacks allegedly carried out by Muslims, as narrated by Hindu dharam gurus. Secret Service sources disclosed that at the invitation of Israeli Jewish religious leaders, a delegation of Hindutva leaders had visited Israel this year. In this, some leaders of Sangh Parivar too were included.


The national daily, published from Madhya Pradesh and other places, in its report has exposed that the officials of the national intelligence agencies have categorically stated that American secret service agency, CIA together with Israel's secret organisation Mossad, has carried out several secret operation all over Asia.


And now that the bomb blast of Malegaon and Modasa had involved the names of the fake Shankaracharya Amaranand alias Dayanand Pande, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, enquiries and investigation of relations between Jewish and Hindutva religious leaders from Israel and India are being severely felt and is being analyzed. This was disclosed by the newspaper report.


(Translation from Urdu)


Rashtriya Sahara, Urdu Daily, Mumbai


Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Front Page News


Why investigation of Israeli connection of Hindutvadis?


New Delhi, November 25: The way ATS has arrested Hindutva extremists belonging to Sangh Parivar, in connection with Malegaon bomb blast, facts have emerged of international networking and support to Hindutva radicals. This has alarmed national intelligence community. India's internal and external intelligence agencies and RAW have got busy trying to figure out if there is some big international conspiracy is being hatched behind the activities of hardline extremists of Sangh Parivar. According to secret sources, back in February 2007, an Israeli delegation headed by Israel's Chief Rabbi, Yonah Metzger, and accompanied by several high ranking Jewish religious leaders, had visited India. This Jewish Religious delegation held meetings with many Sadhus, Sanths and Dharam gurus. The delegation also met some Muslim leaders. Now intelligence agencies have started investigations of the meetings of the Israeli delegation and local Sadhus, Sanths and dharam gurus. It is mentioned that the delegation of Israeli Jewish religious leaders has met leaders and dharam gurus from RSS, Sangh Parivar, VHP and BJP. Lal Krishna Advani had arranged a dinner for the visiting Israeli Jewish religious leaders' delegation and others included in the delegation, at his own residence. According to high official, though the meeting of Sangh Parivar's leaders to Israeli delegation is not of undue importance, but the way America's secret service, CIA and Israel's secret agency, Mossad, are infiltrating in Central Asian and South Asian countries, it is giving strength to the suspicions that in such delegations, members of foreign intelligence get included and through interaction and infiltration, secret operations are carried out. Those organisations that organise and support such visits and meetings, may or may not be aware of the secret mission of foreign agencies, the truth can come out only on investigations. For this reason, the national agencies are now concentrating on investigation of Sangh Parivar and its connections with Israeli lobby and Mossad.


(Translated from Urdu) 


 # posted by GHULAM MUHAMMED, MUMBAI @ 6:30 AM



# posted by Anonymous: 6:29 PM

Mossad uses these extremists for terrorist acts that are eventually blamed on Muslims.


The Israelis have convinced the Hindu extremists that they can help wipe Islam from India and since the Muslims of India are mostly law abiding citizens the Israelis have concocted these terror plots to generate hate for Muslims and start a sectarian incident in which the Muslims are too out numbered.


This is sad for India-because in the end citizens of India will be hurt, which will hurt India as a country.


Hindus and Muslims must both join hands against these evil forces to protect India.


The Israelis want Muslims weakened all over the world-it would love a nuclear confrontation between India and Pakistan. A prospect that could lead to the annihilation of Pakistan but India could be destroyed too....but the Israelis really don't care. They're our friends as long as they can use us after that we're on our own.

# posted by Anonymous : 6:26 AM

But, as we have been seeing, the Western Media …. the CIA’s Might Wurlitzer is already chanting Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda… ‘Problem, Reaction, Solution’ …. the same, tediously continuing, formula. The ‘Solution’ this time will be more bombing of Pakistan.

# posted by  Shrink Rat : 9:08 AM

We must win the war FOR PEACE between nations and religions against those mother fuckers of the "intelligence" community that promote the clash of civilisation and perpetual wars for their masters to make money of

# posted by  Anonymous : 12:28 PM

If it is true that Israel has convinced India that they wipe Islam out, I am all for it. Islam is a disease that has infected humanity for the past few centuries & we now need to find a cure for it.

# posted by  Anonymous : 5:20 AM




# posted by  Anonymous : 7:37 AM

Anonymous @ 7:37 AM is an obvious troll who just throws in a few odious profanities to poison the well of thoughtful and rational debate. totally typical.


if you're not a troll then you are doing the real criminals a great service.

# posted by  Anonymous : 9:51 AM

Actually real Jews support Muslims all the way, see


The Zionist trolls say the most hateful things. False flag all the way.

# posted by  Anonymous : 10:36 AM

The jew is the eternal evil, inbred rodent, bloodsucking, parasiting, warmongering, cowardly, mass murdering, virus of humanity and cancer of earth that must one day be dealt with once and for all.


If the Indians ever figure out who perpetrated this war crime (shouldn’t take more than 3 seconds if you can actually think) in Mumbai they need only point their nuclear warheads at that shitty little "country" and international terrorist rat hole known as that sewer "Israel".


The only good Jew terrorist rodent scum and the only good American terrorist rodent scum (same disease) is a dead Jew American terrorist rodent scum.

# posted by  Anonymous : 1:37 PM

there are good Jews Hindus Christians and Muslims, no group of people should be lambasted as by some here on this comment line, those who comment like this are the ones who are terrorists .. I am Indian origin and us citizen there are always good people in all races and only a few bad greedy people. Please retract your hateful comments. GOD bless all, and GOD bring peace to our hearts. Story of Lord Krishna is same as Prophet Moses being put in river.. etc. etc. we are all children of ONE God. Be wary of divide and rule and always see who gains from this... those who gain are likely doers.

# posted by  Anonymous : 2:15 PM


Is Mossad Hand Behind Mumbai Train Blasts?

Publication time: 3 August 2006, 15:27


Mumbai's Urdu Daily 'Sahara' Headline


MOSSAD, an Israeli intelligence agency, is cited as possible organiser of Mumbai train bomb blasts. Immediately after the blast, Mossad was reportedly engaged by Sai Baba Mandir trust to provide security to the famous religious shrine.


The newspaper clarifies that till now the Mumbai authorities have not confirmed as to why the Sai Baba Trust had to employ a foreign intelligence agency for its protection or if Maharashtra Government and Central Government have cleared the hiring of Mossad intelligence agency?


Sahara News Bureau [SNB] report on the front page of Sahara Urdu Daily of July 27, further adds that "some security experts have wondered if through the excuse of security of Hindu temples, Mossad, which is notorious for counter-terrorism and counter-espionage all over the world and especially in Arab and Muslim countries, is allowed to step in Maharashtra state, the conditions will seriously deteriorate not only in Maharashtra, but all over India".


SAHARA further quotes an anonymous retired Muslim police officer, who was commenting on the news of Mossad security for Sai Baba Mandir: " To get into Maharashtra, Mossad itself may have arranged the Mumbai train blasts in such a way that the whole blame should fall on SIMI, the banned Muslim Students organization" [which is now legal at least in India largest state of Uttar Pradesh] and other Muslim organizations.


SAHARA URDU is published from Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Kolkatta and Patna.


No English media with all their patriotic pretensions has yet found it necessary to report on entry of Israeli intelligence agencies in Maharashtra or in India. That probably suits private media interests, but is fraught with most sinister development for the nation, in times to come.


Ghulam Muhammad can be reached at


Source: Dailymuslims


Attack on U.S. Embassy in Yemen Linked to Mossad


U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen

Remember the attack on the U.S. embassy in Yemen last month that took the lives of eighteen people? A group calling themselves "Islamic Jihad" claimed responsibility for the blast. It has a nice, scary ring to it hasn't it? "Islamic Jihad" also happens to be the name of a group that operates out of Gaza.


"Islamic Jihad" pointedly mentioned its affiliation with al Qaeda after claiming responsibility for the September 17 U.S. embassy bombing:


"We, the Organisation of Islamic Jihad, belonging to the Al-Qaeda network, repeat our demand of (Yemeni President) Ali Abdullah Saleh to free our detained brothers within 48 hours," said a statement signed by self-proclaimed leader Abu Ghaith al-Yamani.


Former agent for French military intelligence Pierre-Henry Bunel has this to say about 'al Qaeda':


"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the 'TV watcher' to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism..."


Well now the Yemeni authorities have arrested a group of these al Qaeda-backed militants with, surprise surprise, links to Israeli intelligence.


From BBC News:


Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said the security forces have arrested a group of alleged Islamist militants linked to Israeli intelligence.


Mr Saleh did not say what evidence had been found to show the group's links with Israel, a regional enemy of Yemen.


The arrests were connected with an attack on the US embassy in Sanaa last month which killed at least 18 people, official sources were quoted saying.


Israel's foreign ministry has rejected the accusation as "totally ridiculous".

"A terrorist cell was arrested and will be referred to the judicial authorities for its links with the Israeli intelligence services," Mr Saleh told a gathering at al-Mukalla University in Hadramawt province.


"Details of the trial will be announced later. You will hear about what goes on in the proceedings," he added.


The 17 September attack was the second to target the US embassy since April. Militants detonated car bombs before firing rockets at the heavily fortified building.


Mr Saleh did not identify the suspects, but official sources were quoted saying it was same cell - led by a militant called Abu al-Ghaith al-Yamani - whose arrest was announced a week after the attack.


An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman said the Yemeni president's statement was without foundation.


"To believe that Israel would create Islamist cells in Yemen is really far-fetched. This is yet another victory for the proponents of conspiracy theories," Igal Palmor said in remarks reported by AFP.


And from the Yemen Observer:



President Saleh revealed on Monday that security forces in Yemen caught an espionage network for Israel made up of Arab nationals. This announcement came during his speech in front of MP's, Shura Council members, local council members, scholars and military and security leaders at Hadhramout University.


According to the president the suspected spies will be brought before the courts shortly in a public trial after investigations are complete.


The network was comprised of 40 people from different Arab nationalities spying for Mossad, the Israeli international intelligence said sources from National and Political Security Units. The members of the espionage network entered Yemen on the premise of conducting business, tourism and even for preaching in mosques. Saleh said that the suspected spies form a terrorism cell that uses also Islam to reach their targets.Members were arrested individually and found to be in possession of detailed maps for sensitive security sites, intelligence telecommunication units and advanced tracking devices.


Article continues here. 


And from another Oct 8 news report:


Dubai, Oct 8 (IANS) A terrorist cell busted in Yemen last month after a suicide attack on the US embassy there had links with an Israeli intelligence agency, the state-run Saba news agency reported.The report, quoting an unnamed source, said investigations and data retrieved from a computer seized from the cell, showed there was correspondence between the Islamic Jihad group’s deputy leader Bassam Abdullah Fadhel Al-Haidari and an Israeli intelligence agency.


Saba quoted the source as saying that the correspondence between the two sides included a request from the Israeli side to implement terrorist attacks inside Yemen.


Update: Here is the Saba news report mentioned above.


Keep track of news regarding the Israeli connection to Islamic Jihad here.



"Islamic Jihad" arrested cell links to Israeli intelligence

[07 October 2008]

SANA'A, Oct. 07 (Saba) - Investigations with the six-member terrorist cell of "Islamic Jihad" arrested late in September have disclosed an alleged link to Israeli intelligence, a security source said on Tuesday.


The investigations and the computer seized with the cell have revealed of correspondence between the cell's deputy leader named Bassam Abdullah Fadhel al-Haidari and an intelligence body in Israel, which has been included a support request to implement terrorist acts inside Yemen, according to the source.


Investigations are still underway, the source said, adding that when completion, the case's file would be sent to justice.


During his meeting with officials and dignitaries in Hadramout governorate, President Ali Abdullah Saleh unearthed last Monday arresting a terrorist cell has links with Israeli intelligence, despite raising a banner for Islam.


The cell included six members led by Emad Ali Saeed al-Rwoni, known as "Abu al-Gaith al-Miqdad al-Yamani". It has sent several threatening letters of targeting Arab and foreign embassies in Yemen such as embassies of Britain Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.


The cell has been arrested after a terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy on Wednesday September 17, when a twin car bomb has rocked the US embassy in Sana'a killing 16 people including seven of troops guarding the embassy and four civilians and six attackers. The civilians included two Yemenis, an Indian women and a US citizen from a Yemeni origin.


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  1. Isn’t it too premature and too early to label any terrorist outfit as the brain behind the ghastlty terror attacks on Mumbai?  The question of self denials or self acceptance does not arise at the moment; the nation is too shocked.  Muslims are no different; they too are horrified at what happened in Mumbai, the financial capital of their country.  Like other citizens, Muslim too knows that the bullet shot from the terrorist does not distinguish people by the religion.  The possibility of Let terrorist involved in the attack cannot be denied and so does the theories propagated by others as mentioned on your post.  The killing of ATS Chief Hemant Karkare and other celebrated cops would raise the question.  As such a thorough probe into the gory act is the need of the hour if at all we have to preempt the attack in future. 

    I am quoting excerpts from Rafia Zakaria article, the relevant portion.  There are other points which one may not agree


    While responsibility for the attacks has yet to be pinned on a definitive group, rumours and speculation abound: some are blaming a local offshoot of the Indian Mujahideen known as the “Deccan Mujahedeen”, others are choosing to focus on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e Taiba.

    However, the strategic dimensions of the conflict represent one plane of analysis of the macabre saga; another is the incredible burden yet another high profile terrorist attack places on the world’s two billion Muslims. Muslim minorities in various countries, already castigated through negative stereotypes and maligned as innately violent, will now have an even heavier burden of prejudices to counter. Once again, the world has been stunned by “Islamic” terrorists, whose ruthlessness and inhumanity have garnered global attention and focused the spotlight once again on a hijacked religion.

    As the tragic saga in Mumbai continues, and the choral chants of “Islamic terror” emanate from a world media wedded to the inveterate clash of civilisations framework, few will pause to consider the fact that in neighbouring
    Pakistan, a Muslim country, nearly 500 Muslims have lost their lives to suicide bombings just this year.

    In the words of Salman Masood, who has covered many of these bombings for the New York Times, “perhaps Indians will understand how the ordinary Pakistani feels — helpless, besieged and pessimistic about the future”.

    In essence, as with the nineteen who bombed the World Trade Centre seven years ago, the twenty-five terrorists who have perpetrated this mayhem in Mumbai have managed once again to take the world’s two billion Muslims hostage. Few around the world will pause to consider that the ordinary Muslim is as helpless before the nefarious agendas of terror as the ordinary Christian, Jew or Hindu. However earnest the efforts of Muslims condemning terrorism, however persistent these denunciations, they are unlikely to garner attention from an angry world that refuses to see terror as a agenda against humanity rather than a campaign lodged by the world’s Muslims against all those who oppose them.

    The challenge before the world is immense. Great terror engenders great fear and fear is a blinding force. Will this latest terror attack allow India and the world to go beyond appearances and recognise that the war is not between Muslims and non-Muslims but against a committed and utterly ruthless minority that hates and destroys Muslims, Jews, Christians and Hindus with impunity?

    Or will the world, reeling under the unprecedented weight of the cruelty of terrorism, once again pin blame on all of the world’s two billion Muslims?

    The world stands with the Indian nation today, as it did with
    America in the days after 9/11. Will India use this international solidarity to build the kind of broad consensus against terrorism that America failed to do? It needs to transcend the rapacious need for revenge and respond instead with the circumspection of a world leader that sees the urgent need to redefine the war on terror in a way that unites instead of maligns.

  2. Dawood Ibrahim AND Company - PART 3:

    Fact and fantasy

    The arrest of Mumbai diamond magnate Bharat Shah and developments since then have shown the resolve of the Maharashtra government to end the nexus among crime, business and politics.

    PRAVEEN SWAMI in Mumbai

    BHARAT SHAH made the terrible mistake of not taking the films he financed seriously. One of the established canons of Hindi mainstream cinema is that outlaws along with their political and financial sponsors must meet an unpleasant end. So it was in S atya, the stark underworld romance that propelled the millionaire diamond merchant to the centre stage of the Hindi film industry scene. When the Mumbai Police began investigating Shah's activities in December, the businessman showed few signs of con cern: evidently he believed that his powerful political patrons would bail him out. Hindi commercial cinema revels in the implausible and the fantastic, but if Shah has time for contemplation in police custody, the genre may appear alarmingly realistic.

    On January 8, Shah drove to the Crime Branch headquarters at Crawford Market, for what he believed would be routine questioning. The financier had just returned from a business visit to London, confident that there would be no legal action against him. A lthough he had been twice questioned by the Crime Branch for having financed Nazim Rizvi's appropriately-named film Chori Chori, Chupke Chupke (Stealthily, Silently) on behalf of Karachi-based gangster Shakeel Ahmad Babu, alias Chhota Shakeel, Sha h had visited New Delhi en route to London, and lobbied his contacts. Sources say several top politicians of the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party, including a close relative of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, had promised to intercede on his behalf with the Maharashtra government.

    What Shah and his friends did not know was that the Mumbai Police had just been waiting. Inside the Crime Branch office, the businessman was confronted with tapes of his conversations with Shakeel and top mafioso Dawood Ibrahim Kaksar, made during a surv eillance operation that lasted over two months. A stunned Shah, officers present say, refused to listen to the first of the tapes. The evidence was damning. In one conversation, Shah and Shakeel discuss means to launder Rs.75 lakhs extorted from Mumbai b usinessman Shakeel Morani. In another, there is a reference to a hawala operator called Bhatija (nephew) pumping in $50,000 into Chori Chori, Chupke Chupke on Shakeel's behalf. Elsewhere, sources say, Dawood Ibrahim himself discusses financial inv estments in the Mumbai stock market with Shah.

    Phone surveillance warrants had been obtained by the Mumbai Police under the provisions of the harsh Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) when investigators began to look at Rizvi's connections. Monitoring the phones of the film producer, t hey heard repeated references to a 'B.S.' It did not take much to put two and two together, and Shah's mobile phones and land lines were also tapped. The evidence flowed in, to be buttressed by confessions made by Rizvi after his arrest on December 13. O nly a few loose ends now had to be tied up before Shah's arrest. He has now been charged under Section 3(3) and (4) of MCOCA, which deals with conspiring with criminal syndicates and possessing unaccountable wealth on behalf of their members. MCOCA offen ces are non-bailable, and confessional statements and wiretaps are admissible in evidence.

    BHARAT SHAH'S not inconsiderable army of friends have been doing their best to defend him. The businessman himself has protested innocence. Produced in the Special Court of Judge A.P. Bangale, Shah said the charges were "all false". "I have given all inf ormation and documents regarding Chori Chori, Chupke Chupke," he continued. "Every day, the police are saying new things and making new statements. They are spoiling my image." Shakeel, for his part, has given a certificate of absolution to Shah. The businessman, he said in an interview to a national newspaper, was a "white aadmi" (clean man). The gangster has illustrious company in the Shiv Sena, which has close links with Shah. Although no politician has gone on record to condemn the arr est, pro-Sena journalists and newspapers have stated that the arrest was the outcome of personal malice.

    At the root of this allegation is the fact that Shah financed Haseena Maan Jayegi, a film produced by Sena chief Bal Thackeray's daughter-in-law, Smita Thackeray. What the vendetta theorists have not noticed, however, is the fact that the Sena gov ernment had first initiated, and then stonewalled, a case against Shah for Customs violations. In December, Sena leader and former Chief Minister Narayan Rane complained of slow progress in the case during Assembly proceedings. Deputy Chief Minister Chha gan Bhujbal replied by pointing out that the slow progress was a result of actions taken under Rane, and suggested that events were not unconnected to the financial relationship between Shah and the Thackeray family. Airport Customs and the Enforcement D irectorate have now been asked by the Mumbai Police for information on the case, which involves an alleged evasion of duty amounting to some Rs. 13 crores.

    More important, Shah's protestations of innocence seem to hold little water. In an interview, for example, Shah said that "99 per cent, I think that the finance for the film was from me". A day before his arrest, the financier filed an application in the MCOCA court, asking that the film's seized prints be returned to him. Shah produced account books, which showed he made cheque payments amounting to Rs. 12 crores to Rizvi. But if these transactions were indeed above-the-board ones, Shakeel's taped asse rtions of proprietorship of the film, made in hours of conversations with Rizvi, is inexplicable. Then, Shah has said that while he was not the producer of the film, all rights belonged to him. Yet, the Mumbai Police tapes quite clearly record Shakeel an d Rizvi disposing of its music rights to Kishan Kumar of T-Series. Finally, Shah has yet to explain why he handed over crores of rupees without collateral to Rizvi, who by his own account he barely knew.

    These questions will doubtless be answered in court. Shah's lawyers have moved a bail application in the Mumbai High Court; they contend that the severe provisions of the MCOCA are inapplicable in this case. The Mumbai Police are playing its cards close to the chest, but senior officials claim that the evidence is considerably better than that in the Judge J.W. Singh case, another recent underworld crime bust based on a wire-tap operation. Lawyers told Frontline that the most difficult part of th is case would be for the Mumbai Police to prove that the person Shah and Rizvi are talking to is indeed Shakeel. Since Shakeel is outside the country, the fact cannot be established through technical means. One possibility is that associates of Shakeel m ay be called to give evidence. The other, more likely, is that Rizvi may offer to turn approver in return for a lighter sentence.

    The reaction of the Mumbai business community to Shah's arrest illustrates a curious moral malaise in the city. On January 9, the Mumbai Diamond Merchants Association closed the city's main exchanges at Opera House, Malad and Dahisar to protest against t he arrest. The chairman of the Gem and Jewellery Promotion Council, Sanjay Kothari, said the protest was to "honour his (Shah's) contribution to the diamond industry for the past thirty years". "Bharat bhai has a clear name and his arrest is unfair," Kot hari added, "we are convinced he has nothing to do with the underworld." The one-day shutdown cost the industry an estimated Rs. 800 crores. A few traders attempted to argue that the arrest had nothing to do with the diamond trade, but their colleagues e vidently believe that wealth should guarantee legal impunity. Shah is one of India's largest diamond traders, with operations running into several thousand crores of rupees a year.

    Reactions have not been much different in the film industry. Many of the industry's luminaries had defended Shah when he was first questioned by the Crime Branch, and the reasons are not hard to see. Shah is believed to have some Rs. 100 crores invested in films under production. A sum of Rs. 45 crores has been put into Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, which is expected to be the most expensive Bollywood production when it hits the screen, along with Rajkumar Santoshi's almost equally extravagant Lajja. Another Rs. 60 crores has been sunk into Ajay Devgan's Raju Chacha and K.C. Bokadia's Hum Aapke Hai Sanam. Shooting on Devdas and Lajja was terminated after news of Shah's arrest broke. Shah has part-financed sev eral other well-known films, ranging from mainstream enterprises, Mani Ratnam's Dil Se and Rajkumar Santoshi's China Gate to more offbeat films such as Kaizad Gustad's Bombay Boys.

    For Shah, sources say, his film investments are a minor pastime which bring social cachet in film-crazy Mumbai. Other than the diamond trade, he is a major player on the Bombay Stock Exchange, which fell 63 points on the day of his arrest. Shah is believ ed to be frequently approached by brokers for short-term, high-interest loans in order to overcome difficult situations.

    Television production is another area in which Shah has large financial stakes. Ever since his first questioning, shares of the music firm Tips have been in free fall, along with Zee Telefilms, one-time film icon Jeetendra Kapoor's television software pr oduction house Balaji Telefilms, and top producer Subhash Ghai's Mukta Arts. Stock broker Ketan Parekh has also been associated with heavy investments in these organisations, but denies any association with Shah's financial interests in the stock market. If the Mumbai Police are to be believed, Shah was a key player in laundering Shakeel's and Dawood Ibrahim's money.

    FOR the moment, Shah is in hospital with that mysterious heart malaise which seems to strike all VIPs at the gates of jail. The Mumbai Police can take credit for having had the courage to take on one of Maharashtra's most important and affluent residents . How events will progress from here, however, will depend on whether the State's ruling Democratic Front (D.F.) will be able to resist the pressures exerted by the campaign to save Shah. The State government has shown a resolve to restore the rule of la w in Mumbai, and to end the nexus involving crime, business and politics that was thriving during Sena-BJP rule. It has not passed unnoticed that Shah's arrest was followed in quick time by the decision to prosecute Thackeray for his recent demand that a ll Muslim citizens in India be disenfranchised.

    In the long term, the D.F. will have to go further. The criminalisation of Mumbai capital needs to be reversed. For that to happen, a full investigation of the links among underworld extortion, much of it the pickings from a corrupt land market, the film industry and supposedly legitimate business will have to be explored. Through the 1980s, the Shiv Sena's rise to power was fuelled by its ability to profit from these networks. Shah's past film ventures, and his investments in the stock markets and the diamond trade, will need to be the subject of a painstaking investigation. Bhujbal has already welcomed the prospect of an additional probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the affair in order to garner more valuable evidence. Ending criminali ty in Mumbai will not just cut at the roots of mafia organisations, but the fascist forces that strive to control the city.

    Bad’Shah of Bollywood? By: Jatin Desai and Ajit Joshi January 9, 2001

    The arrest of diamond king and film financier Bharat Shah has sent waves of panic through Bollywood. The question on everyone's lips is: "Who next?"

    Bollywood knows that Shah is much too powerful a man for the police not to have concrete evidence against him. The Mumbai police allege he has links with the underworld. Allegedly, the Mumbai police are in possession of a tape that carries a recording of a conversation between Shah and Chhota Shakeel, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim' s right-hand man.

    The police were tracking Shah ever since the arrest of Nazim Rizvi, producer of Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (CCCC), who they also allege has underworld links. Shah financed CCCC, which remains unreleased. The reels of the film have been seized by the police. It is said that officers found the initials 'BS' in Rizvi's diary. They believe 'BS' to be Bharat Shah.

    When news of Rizvi and Shah's alleged connection came to light at that time, the second week of December, Shah made the following statement while inaugurating a Jain temple in Mira Road. "I have no underworld connections," he told journalists. "All these are rumours."

    Bharat Shantilal Shah, who began his highly successful business career as a diamond merchant, is a Jain from Palanpur, Gujarat. He shot to fame in the 1990s and is not called Mr Money Bags for nothing. Aside from ending up a highly influential diamond merchant, he also became a powerful part-time film financier and builder-developer. In addition, he reputedly has tremendous political connections, especially with politicians in parties like the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party.

    Furthermore, Shah's company, B Vijaykumar & Company, owned by him and his brother Vijay, has units in Mumbai, Surat and Palanpur, but also operates in Thailand, Belgium and Israel, where it gets more recognition than it does in India.

    In 1981, B Vijaykumar & Company received Israel's award for generating the country's maximum exports. Vijay has settled abroad and speaks fluent Hebrew. The king of Belgium made Bharat Shah a Knight of the Order in 1994. To receive the honour Shah flew to Antwerp in a chartered plane.

    In Bangkok, the Shahs own the world's biggest and most modern diamond-polishing unit. It has 1,200 employees and sprawls across 40,000 square feet. The company was established with an initial investment of US $5 million. Its annual output of polished diamonds is worth US $100 million. In Surat, Palanpur and Mumbai, there are collectively 25,000 workers in the company's factories. The collective annual output of polished diamonds from these units could be anywhere from Rs 400 crore to Rs 500 crore. Mumbai's SEEPZ, Andheri (East), unit alone is in a posh six-storey building with an annual output of gold and diamond ornaments worth about Rs 700 crore. Years ago, at the invitation of the Nepalese government, Shah invested Rs 30 lakh in a diamond-polishing plant there. When the Nepalese government refused to reduce import duty as promised, he sold the factory to the Nepal government. According to another version of the story, he could have even presented the factory to Nepal.

    Shah's Bollywood connections are well-known. He is the biggest financier of Hindi films today. He is financing Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, expected to become the most expensive Hindi film ever on completion. Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit and Shah Rukh are starring in the movie, whose shooting is on at Film City in Goregaon. The gigantic, expensive sets of Devdas have attracted many curious visitors, including the Big B himself, Amitabh Bachchan. Lavish sets are not just for the movies in Bharat Shah's life. When his daughter Reshma married in 1989, he became the talk of Mumbai when he erected a replica of a Rajasthani palace at ****hede Stadium for the occasion. It was the most opulent marriage of the time. Voluntary social organisations protested at the venue, protesting the naked show of wealth. Shashi Kapoor consequently shot some scenes for Ajooba on the set. Shah's son Rasesh's wedding was held at Vallabhbhai Stadium, Worli, in an equally lavish set. Another Hindi film, Barood, directed by Pramod Chakravarti, was shot there.

    The other big presenter in filmdom is Jhamu Sughand, but he is not as big as Shah. Sughand's idea of film financing is different from that of Shah's. Sughand borrows money from others and gives it to producers at a higher rate of interest. Shah, meanwhile, had pots of his own moolah. Highly ambitious, Shah aspired to be the Bad-Shah of Bollywood. Any function of his had all the stars of Bollywood. No one refused him. He bailed out many in distress. When Gang had no takers, Shah took over the film. He also took over Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke to bail out Rahul Gupta. But before all that he shot to prominence when he bailed out Vinod Mehra's widow, Kiran, by taking over the rights of Gurudev, which Mehra left incomplete. To date, he has financed about 100 films, including Mast, Satya, China Gate, Raju Chacha, Gang, Hindustan Ki Kasam, Hey Ram, Jungle, Dil Se, , Gurudev, Badshah, Pyar Ke Kabil, Pukar, Border, Prem, Karan Arjun, Ghatak, Mr Natwarlal, Insaniyat, Baazigar, Judaai, Saudagar, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin, Ram Teri Ganga Maili and Ram Lakhan. His VIP company is a leading film distributor. It distributed Papi, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Ram Lakhan, Saudagar, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin and Border. An interesting bit of trivia doing the rounds is that, in 1963, as a teenager, he invested in the Rajendra Kumar-Raj Kumar-Meena Kumari starrer Dil Ek Mandir.

    Shah is also known for his political connections. He financed Hasina Man Jayegi, a film produced by Smita Thackeray, daughter-in-law of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray. Shah brought worldwide pop sensation Michael Jackson to perform at the the Andheri sports complex some years ago. The concert was organised by the Shiv Udhyog Sena, which is led by Raj Thackeray, Bal Thackeray's nephew. His varied business interests include partnerships in the very popular Mumbai disco Fire and Ice and the television channel B4U. B4U TV is backed by wealthy promoters, like Kishore Lulla of Eros Entertainment, UK-based steel magnate Laxmi Mittal and Gokul Binani of Binani Cement.

    Bharat Shah has talked Shah Rukh Khan into making programmes for B4U. The B4U gameplan was to invest directly into under-production movies while also acquiring exclusive rights to latest Bollywood films, thus giving the channel an unbeatable edge over other channels providing Bollywood-based content. Incidentally, it is believed that Shah helped Shah Rukh purchase his grand bungalow in Bandstand at a reported cost of Rs 13 crore. Another of Shah's ambitious ventures is, a portal recently launched by Shah Rukh. Shah also invested in, a broadband site floated by Wizcraft. He is also behind the upsurge of entertainment company stocks listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange. In 1980, Shah jumped into building and construction by setting up the Shantistar company. He immediately got an order to construct houses for economically backward people at Mira Road. He constructed 400 buildings on 200 acres of wasteland, and also built a Jain temple there. Approximately 40,000 people live at Mira Road.

    He also has some Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) water contracts. Shah's main office is at Mehta Mahal, Charni Road. He has a large residence with a swimming-pool at Napean Sea Road, at the Swapnalok complex. Among other cars, he owns a BMW and a Mercedes.

    By Aamir Mughal
  3. Dawood Ibrahim AND Company - PART 2:


    [Scanned and compared from the publicly available, i.e., abridged, document,

    with no guarantee of authenticity. Please obtain the original from Home Ministry.]



    l. l Government had (through its Order No.S/7937/SS(ISP)/93 dated 9th July #145;93) established a Committee, comprised as below, to take stock of all available information about the activities of crime Syndicates/Mafia organisations which had developed links with and were being protected by Government functionaries and political personalities. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, Government shall determine the need, if any, to establish a special organisation/agency to regularly collect information and pursue cases against such elements:

    (i) Home Secretary Chairman

    (ii) Secretary (R) Member

    (iii) DIB Member

    (iv) Director CBI Member

    (v) JS(PP) MHA Member Secy.

    1.2 The Committee was authorised to invite senior officers of various concerned Departments to gather the required information.

    1.3 Special Secretary (Internal Security & Police), MHA, was subsequently added as a Member of the Committee. The Committee was desired to submit its Report within 3 months.

    2.1 In the first meeting of the Committee (held on l5th July #145;93), I had explained to the Members that Government had established the Committee after seeing the reports of our Intelligence and Investigation agencies on the activities/linkages of the Dawood Ibrahim gang, consequent to the bomb blasts in Bombay in March 1993. From these various reports, it was apparent that the activities of Memon Brothers and Dawood Ibrahim had progressed over the years, leading to the establishment of a powerful network. This could not have happened without these elements having been protected by the functionaries of the concerned Government departments, specially Customs, Income Tax, Police and others. It was, therefore, necessary to identify the linkages and to also determine how such information could be timely collected and acted upon in the future.

    2.2 In the course of the discussions, I perceived that some of the Members appeared to have some hesitation in openly expressing their views and also seemed unconvinced that Government actually intended to pursue such matters. Accordingly, I addressed separate personal letters to each of the Mernbers of the Committee seeking their well considered suggestions and recommendations. Their responses are briefly brought out below.

    Secretary (R&AW)

    2.3 The various offices abroad of this Agency have limited strength and are largely geared to the collection of military, economic, scientific and political intelligence. R&AW monitor the activities of certain organisations abroad only insofar as they relate to their involvement with narco-rerrorist elements and smuggling arms, ammunition, explosives, etc. into the country. It does not monitor the activities of criminal elements abroad, which are mainly confined to #147;normal smuggling without any links to terrorist elements#148;. The present strength of the Agency#146;s offices abroad would not permit it to enlarge its field of activities. If, however, there is evidence to suggest that these organisations have links with Intelligence agencies of other countries, particularly Pakistan, and that they are being used or are likely to be used by such countries for destabilising our economy, it would become R&AW#146;s responsibility to monitor their activities, as is being done by this Agency to collect vital information in regard to the investigations in the Bombay bomb blasts case.

    2.4 The creation of a nodal agency to collect information regarding the activities of Mafia organisations is very essential. All the existing information/data available with R&AW, IB and CBI could be made available to this nodal agency. R&AW will nominate an officer of suitable rank to Iiaise with the nodal agency on a

    regular basis to enable expeditious follow-up action.

    Director CBI

    3. l A Report on the nexus between the Bombay City Police and the Bombay under-world was prepared by CBI in 1986. It would be useful to institute a fresh study by CBI, on the basis of which appropriate administrative/ legal measures could be initiated.

    3.2 An organised crime Syndicate/Mafia generally commences its activities by indulging in petty crime at the local level, mostly relating to illicit distillation/gambling/organised satta and prostitution in the larger towns. In port towns, their activities involve smuggling and sale of imported goods and progressively graduate to narcotics and drug trafficking. In the bigger cities, the main source of income relates to real estate - forcibly occupying lands/buildings, procuring such properties at cheap rates by forcing out the existing occupants/tenants etc. Over time, the money power thus acquired is used for building up contacts with bureaucrats and politicians and expansion of activities with impunity. The money power is used to develop a network of muscle-power which is also used by the politicians during elections.

    3.3 CBI has reported that all over India crime Syndicates have become a law unto themselves. Even in the smaller towns and rural areas, muscle-men have become the order of the day. Hired assassins have become a part of these organisations. The nexus between the criminal gangs, police, bureaucracy and politicians has come out clearly in various parts of the country. The existing criminal justice system, which was essentially designed to deal with the individual offences/crimes, is unable to deal with the activities of the Mafia; the provisions of law in regard economic offences are weak; there are insurmountable legal difficulties in attaching/confiscation of the property acquired through Mafia activities.

    3.4 It has been suggested that the menace has first to be tackled at the local level where the agencies of the State and the concerned Central Enforcement Agencies like Customs and Excise, Income Tax etc. would be required to take effective action. In cases where a crime Syndicate has graduated to big business, it would be necessary to conduct detailed investigations into its assets, both movable and immovable. It has been stressed that when such action is not timely and effectively taken, the lower functionaries of the concerned State and Central Departments/organisations start over-looking the activities of the crime Syndicates. To elucidate this point, the Director CBI has given the example of IQBAL MIRCHI of Bombay who, till the late 80#146;s, was merely a visitor to passenger and carrier ships to obtain liquor and cigarettes for selling the same at a profit. In the last 3-4 years, MIRCHI acquired real estate valuing crores of rupees; he has many bank accounts and has been paying lakhs of rupees to his carriers. The growth of MIRCHI is due to the fact that the concerned Enforcement agencies did not timely take action against him and, later, this perhaps became difficult on account of the enormous patronage that he had developed. If MIRCHI is investigated, the entire patronage enjoyed by him and his linkages will come to light. Director CBI has observed that there are many such cases, as that of MIRCHI where the initial failure has led to the emergence of Mafia giants who have become too big to be tackled.

    3.5 Director CBI has stated that the main mode of communications/contacts of the Mafias operating at the international level is through telephonic communications. Referring to the useful leads emerging from the investigations into the activities of Dawood Ibrahim, a Mafia leader, the director CBI has stated that the effective monitoring of the telephone calls made from India/received from abroad would yield useful information and, for this being done, Government may grant sanction to monitor certain telephone connections.

    3.6 The assistance of Banks is an essential input. The Bank Managers can be placed under obligation to render reports on all heavy transactions and suspicious accounts to the Enforcement agencies. Such a practice obtains in UK.

    3.7 Concluding his analysis, Director CBI has made the following suggestions to bring under control the activities of the criminal Syndicates:

    (i) Identification of offences and award of deterrent punishments, including preventive detention.

    (ii) Trial procedures should be simplified and hastened.

    (iii) Surveillance should be carried out through finger printing, photographs and dossiers.

    (iv) Monitoring mechanisms should be established at the State and Central levels.

    (v) Establishment of Special Cells in the States CIDs and CBI.

    (vi) Suitable amendments should be introduced in the existing laws to more effectively deal with the activities of Maixa organisations, etc.; this would also include review of the existing laws.

    (vii) A detailed case study of l0-15 cases would provide useful information regarding the administrative/legal measures, which would be required to be taken to effectively tackle the functioning of Mafia organizations. The CBI can do this within a short period.

    Director, IB

    6.1 DIB has reported that due to the progressive decline in the values of public life in the country #147;warning signals of sinister linkage between thc underworld politicians and the bureaucracy have been evident with disturbing regularity, as exemplified by the exposures of the networks of the Bombay blast case#148;. He has
    recommended itnmediate attention to:-

    (i) Identification of the nexus between the criminals/Mafias and anti-national elements on the one hand and bureaucrats, politicians and other sensitively located individuals on the other.

    (ii) Identification of the nature and dimensions of these linkages and the modus operandi of their operations.

    (iii) Assessment of the impact of these linkages on the various institutions, viz., the electoral, political, economic, law and order and the administrative apparatus.

    (iv) Nexus, if any, between the domestic linkages with foreign intelligence.

    (v) Necessary action to show effective action to counteract/ neutralise the Mafia activities.

    (vi) Political and legal constraints in dealing with the covert/illegal functioning of the linkages.

    6.2 Like the Director CBI, the DIB has also stated that there has been a rapid spread and growth of criminal gangs, armed senas, drug Mafias, smuggling gangs, drug peddlers and economic lobbies in the country which have, over the years, developed an extensive network of contacts with the bureaucrats/Government functionaries at the local levels, politicians, media persons and strategically located individuals in the non-State sector. Some of these Syndicates also have international linkages, including the foreign intelligence agencies. In this context, the DIB has given the following examples

    (i) In certain States, like Bihar, Haryana and UP, these gangs enjoy the patronage of local level politicians, cutting across party lines and the protection of governmental functionaries. Some political leaders become the leaders of these gangs/armed senas and, over the years, get themselves elected to local bodies, State Assemblies and the national Parliament. Resultantly, such elements have acquired considerable political clout seriously jeopardizing the smooth functioning of the administration and the safety of life and property of the common man, causing a sense of despair and alienation among the people.

    (ii) The big smuggling Syndicates, having international linkages, have spread into and infected the various economic and financial activities, including havala transactions, circulation of black money and operations of a vicious parallel economy causing serious damage to the economic fibre of the country. These Syndicates have acquired substantial financial and muscle power and social respectability and have successfully corrupted the government machinery at all levels and wield enough influence to make the task of Investigating and Prosecuting agencies extremely difficult; even the members of the Judicial system have not escaped the embrace of the Mafia.

    (iii) Certain elements of the Mafia have shifted to narcotics, drugs and weapon smuggling and established narco-terrorism networks, specially in the States of J&K, Punjab, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The cost of contesting elections has thrown the politician into the lap of these elements and led to a grave compromise by officials of the preventive/detective systems. The virus has spread to almost all the centres in the country; the coastal and the border States have been particularly affected.

    (iv) The Bombay bomb blast case and the communal, riots in Surat and Ahmedabad have demonstrated how the Indian underworld has been exploited by the Pak ISI and the latter#146;s network in UAE to cause sabotage, subversion and communal tension in various parts of the country. The investigations into the Bombay bomb blast cases have revealed extensive linkages of the underworld in the various governmental agencies, political circles, business sector and the film world.

    6.3 DIB has stated that the network of the Mafia is virtually running a parallel Government, pushing the State apparatus into irrelevance. It is thus most immediately necessary that an institution is established to effectively deal with the menace. In this connection, the DIB has stated:

    (i) Presently, there. is no system/ mechanism which is specifically designated to collect and collate intelligence pertaining to the linkages developed by crime Syndicates/Mafias with the governmental set up. Nonetheless, the various intelligence/investigation/enforcement agencies collect, in the normal course of their functioning, information about the nexus between the bureaucracy and politicians with the Mafia gangs, smugglers and the underworld. These agencies use such available inputs #147;only within the narrow confines of their work charter and choose not to take undue cognisance and follow-up action, leave alone sharing with any other agencies#148;. Thus, all these agencies #147;function within their own cocoons, with the result that a plethora of information fails to get specific and purposeful attention needed for the exposure of the Linkages#148;. It is, therefore, necessary to immediately have an institutionalized system which #147;while giving total freedom to the various agencies to pursue their charter of work, would simultaneously cast on them the onus of sharing such inputs to a nodal outfit whose job will be to process this information for attention of a single designated authority#148;. This will enable the nodal Group to provide useful leads to the various agencies and, over time, a progressive database will get generated #147;to facilitate periodic reviews and analysis which could then be passed to a designated body#148;.

    7.1 As would be seen from the afore-stated brief discussion, specially the views expressed by Director CBI and DIB, it is evident that the muscle power of the crime Syndicates is sustained by their enormous financial power which, in turn, is, secured by the Mafia elements by committing economic offences with impunity. In this context, I held detailed personal discussions with Secretary (Revenue) under whose control operate the various economic intelligence/investigative/enforcement agencies.

    7.2 The Department of Revenue functions through the following major agencies:

    (i) Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC)

    Inter alia, CBSE is responsible for the prevention of smuggling, In this and other tasks, it is assisted by the by the Director General of Revenue Intelligence (DGRI) and the Directorate General of Anti-Evasion (DGAE). The DGRI deals with the evasion of customs duties; the DGAE with Excise duty evasion.

    (ii) Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)

    Income Tax Department administers the Income Tax Act, Wealth Tax Act, etc.

    (iii) Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB)

    The CEIB is responsible for coordinating and strengthening the intelligence gathering activities and the investigative and enforcement actions of the various agencies responsible for investigation into economic offences and the enforcement of economic laws. The CEIB is responsible for maintaining liaison with the concemed Departments Directorates both at the Centre and at the State levels and is expected to provide overall direction to the investigative agencies under the Department of Revenue.

    The CEIB is expected, inter alia, to attend to the following tasks:

    (a) Identification of major sources generating black money; directing and developing intelligence about such sources; planning and coordinating action and operations against such sources.

    (b) Assisting the various enforcement agencies in strengthening the intelligence gathering infrastructure and building up their capability for storage and retrieval of intelligence.

    (c) Conducting investigative and analytical studies in difficult areas of black money operations and monitoring indicators thereof.

    (iv) Enforcement Directorate

    This Directorate is concerned with the enforcement of the investigation and penal provision of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act; collection of intelligence relating to foreign exchange offences; enquiries into suspected violations of the provisions of FERA, etc.

    (v) Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB)

    The NCB is responsible for the administration of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. It is responsible for coordination with different Central and State Government Departments/Ministries and the various Central and State law enforcement agencies for the implementation of the NDPS Act. I explained to Secretary (Revenue) the broad considerations on account of which the government had set up a Committee to look into the linkages developed by the Mafia elements. He informed me that he had recently held a meeting with senior representatives of the RBI, the Chairman CBEC, Chairman CBDT and the Economic Intelligence Council in the Department of Revenue, and readily agreed with my request to attend a meeting of the Committee along with his concerned officers for a full discussion on the issues before the Committee. Accordingly, I arranged a meeting of the Committee (30th Aug #145;93) to hear the views of Seeretary (Revenue), who was accompanied by chairman CBDT, DGRI, Member (Customs) and Director (Enforcement). During the course of the discussions with Secretary (Revenue) and his aforesaid principal officers, the following significant observations were made:

    (i) In the normal course of his work, to detect violations of Customs & Excise laws, the DGRI comes across information on linkages crime Syndicates and governmental functionaries etc. As following of such information is not within the charter of duties of DGRI, his officers focus primarily on the information relating to the violation of laws relating to their charter.

    (ii) As in the case of DGRT, indirect information also becomes available the CBDT about linkages. Here again, not being directly relating to their charter of responsibilities, the CBDT do not follow up such leads.

    (iii) While the NCB is specifically responsible for booking drug traffickers, with the increasing importance being given to Narco-terrorism, the NCB has been asked to gather further information so that the real king-pins in the narcotics trade can be apprehended.

    (iv) The Directorate of#146; Enforcement comes across information on linkages and passes it on to the CBI and IB.

    (v) Of late, currency amounting to crores of rupees is being seized, invariably packed in suitcases and gunny bags. The Banks are reluctant to pass on informaton about account holders to CBDT and do not allow their officers to hold exploratory enquiries.

    (vi) While a certain arnount of information is shared between the various organisations under the Department of Revenue, and those under the MHA and Cabinet Secretariat, the exchanges are sporadic and limited. This is perhaps due to the fact that each concerned organisation/agency is anxious to protect its sources and is apprehensive that a full sharing of all information might jeopardise its operations, on account of premature leakage of information.

    (vii) While DGRI, Director (Enforcement) and DG NCB are authorised to undertake phone tapping of suspected offenders, the DGRI has not been allowed to enforce surveillance on the telephonic communications of political personalities.

    (viii) Senior Police officers, even in the border States, are not trained or adequately informed of the work done by the Directorate of Enforcement, specially in regard to money laundering operations.

    (ix) Information about the activities of drug traffickers is passed on by DG NCB to the concerned State Governments and their agencies. However, niggardly responses by the latter and prolonged delays in the disposal of cases before the Courts seriously hampers. the effective functioning of the NCB. While the NDPS Act prescribes the award of deterrent punishments to offenders, the results are to the contrary. It is necessary that the Directorates of Prosecution in the State Governments are urgently brought under the control of the State Police.

    7.5 Secretary (Revenue) stated that the field officers of his various Departments were faced with various problems, amongst which are:

    (i) The utter inadequacy of the criminal justice system; cases are not heard timely; functioning of the Government lawyers is grossly inadequate; all this results in a low percentage of convictions and mild punishments. Unless the criminal justice system is geared up, the work of the enforcement agencies cannot be effective.

    (ii) The field officers of the various agencies of the Revenue Department are often pressurized by senior government functionaries/political leaders, apparently at the behest of crime Syndicates/Mafia elements. Unless the field level officers are offered effective protection, they cannot be expected to maintain interest in vigorously pursuing action against the activities of such elements.

    7.6 Chairman CBDT stated that insofar as the functioning of his officers is concerned, whenever they come into possession of any information regarding the violation of any other law, they pass it on to the concerned agency. He suggested that if the information available with other agencies is passed on to him, his officers could pursue the sane.

    8.l As a result of the discussions held by the Committee with Secretary (Reveriue) and his principal officers, it is evident that:

    (i) While, in the course of their normal activities, information on the linkages of the crime Syndicates sometimes becomes available, such information is not pursued on the score that it is not directly related to offences falling within the laws administered by these agencies;

    (ii) such information is occasionally passed on by these agencies to the CBI and or IB;

    (iii) the various agencies under the Department of Revenue do not specifically search out information on the linkages of crime Syndicates.

    9. 1 Consequent to the Committee#146;s discussions with the Secretary (Revenue) and his principal officers, I held a series of further personal discussions with the Secretary (Revenue). At my request, Secretary (Revenue) gave me a personal note indicating his views, which are briefly as below:

    (i) The information gathered by the various agencies under the Revenue Department, while gathering intelligence on offences relating to the laws administered by them, is generally not put to any use unless it is required to be passed on to other intelligence agencies outside the Department of Revenue.

    (ii) The linkages developed by crime Syndicates get generally confirmed when pressure is mounted on the concerned agencies not to take action against the offenders or to go slow in the cases against them. Such pressures are mounted either immediately after a raid is conducted or at the time when prosecution is about to be initiated. Pressures are also exerted whenever corrupt and undesirable officers are shifted from sensitive assignments (Preventive Customs Divisions at the Airports, sensitive Collectorates in the Central Excise etc.).

    (iii) In the narcotics arena, which includes cultivation of opium, manufacture of alkaloids, prevention of narcotics, smuggling etc. the financial stakes are astronomically high. Consequently, the level of corruption is of a very high order in this area of functioning and enormous pressures are brought to bear even when subordinate officials are posted away specially when the shift of an officer adversely affects the interests of those who are making easy money.

    (iv) Narcotics trade has a world-wide network of smugglers who also have close links with terrorists. Terrorists indulge in narcotics trade to amass huge funds, in various foreign currencies, from which they source their procurement of weapons etc.

    9.2 While the Department of Revenue has initiated a number of steps to deal with the activities of smugglers and to plug loop-holes in the system, Secretary (Revenue) has stated that a possible approach to effectively liquidating the linkages developed by the crime Syndicates would be to mercilessly prosecute the offenders without succumbing to any pressure whatsoever. He is of the view that once the offenders are deterrently punished under the law, their influence and strength will start declining, as also of all those who support them, wherever located. He has emphasised that for this objective being achieved it will be extremely necessary that: the entire governmental machinery involved in taking action against the crime Syndicates is allowed to perform its duties with total freedom; officers with impeccable integrity should be posted to head the various organisations which are responsible for taking action against tax offenders, smugglers etc; such officers should be selected with utmost care and provided sufficiently long tenures, giving them the clear mandate to ruthlessly punish the offenders; action must be taken to ensure the objective functioning of Courts which deal with the trial of economic offences; all cases before the Courts should be speedily concluded without the judicial officers coming under any pressure or succumbing to temptations; inefficient and corrupt elements in the various organisations venue must be weeded out and Government should take stringent action against officers who seek to exert political pressure for securing postings and appointments of their choice.

    10.1 From the above narrated analysis, the following conclusions can be drawn:-

    (i) On the basis of the extensive experience gained by our various concerned intelligence, investigative and enforcement agencies, it is apparent that crime Syndicates and Mafia organisations have established themselves in various parts of the country.

    (ii) The various crime Syndicates /Mafia organisations have developed significant muscle and money power and established linkages with governmental functionaries, political leaders and others to be able to operate with impunity (as recently exemplified by the activities of the Memon Brothers and Dawood Ibrahim).

    (iii) While the CBI and IB and the various agencies under the Department of Revenue, in their normal course of functioning, come across information relating to the linkages of crime Syndicates/Mafia organisations, there is presently no system under which they are expected to pass on such information to an indentified nodal agency. Sharing of such information is presently of an occasional nature and no evidence is available of the same having been put to any operational use (the only mentionable exception perhaps relates to the recent investigations into the activities of Memon Brothers and the Dawood gang on which several of our agencies were put to work collectively).

    11.1 Even where an agency comes across certam information about the linkages of crime Syndicates, it has no mandate to immediately pass it on to one or more agencies. An agency which comes across information regarding linkages is also apprehensive that the sharing of such information may jeopardize its own functioning through premature leakage. In sum, the various agencies presently in the field take care to essentially focus on their respective charter of duties, dealing with the infringement of laws relating to their organisations and consciously putting aside any information on linkages which they may come across.

    12. 1 In the discussions in lhe Committee, I asked each of the Members as well as the Secretary (Revenue) and his principal officers about their views regarding the establishment of a Nodal Agency for the collection, collation and operationalisation of all information relating to the activities of crime Syndicates. Broadly, the following approaches have been mooted:

    (i) The DIB has stated that while considering the establishment of any nodal mechanism, "It must be appreciated that the problems has enormous impact on national security and is indeed highly political in nature#148;. In this context, he has suggested that the nodal set up should be under the IB, which is even otherwise engaged in monitoring various political activities having a bearing on national security. He has recommended that #147;an exclusive Top Secret Cell be established in the IB to function as the Nodal Group for receipt of inputs from various security/revenue agencies which reveal a politician-bureaucrat-underworld nexus. Such sharing will be through personal communications in writing, while operating difficulties could be sorted out through periodic meetings among the heads of these organisations to be chaired by the Home Secretary#148;. The Top Secret Cel1 will share all tactical and operational information with other concerned agencies on #147;need to know and act basis#148;.

    (ii) The other approach recommended is to set up a system under which the Heads of the various Intelligence and Revenue agencies shall meet on a regular basis and exchange vital information, without there being any leakage.

    13.1 In the background of the discussions so far, there does not appear to be need for any further debate on the vital importance of setting up a nodal point to which all existing intelligence and Enforcement agencies (irrespective of the Department under which they are located ) shall promptly pass on any information which they may come across, which relates to the activities of crime Syndicates.

    13.2 If the preposition in the preceding para is sustained, a decision will need to be taken regarding the Department/Ministry under which the nodal set-up should be located.

    14.1 Under the existing arrangements for the transaction of Government business, the Ministry of Home Affairs is responsible for all matters relating to internal security. It is for this reason that the Intelligence Bureau is a part and parcel of this Ministry (It is only by tradition that the DIB reports directly to authorities

    outside MHA). R&AW functions under the Cabinet Secretariat and deals with external intelligence. The various Intelligence, Investigation and Enforcement agencies dealing with the implementation of economic laws report to the Revenue Department under the Ministry of Finance. The CBI, which is the principal criminal investigation agency of the Centre, is under the Department of Personnel.

    14.2 In my view, considerable care would have to be taken to ensure that the information which becomes available to the Nodal Cell is handled by a very senior and trust-worthy officer. Any leakage of such information would not only jeopardize potential action against the powerful criminal Syndicates, but may also be susceptible to political exploitation. Under all circumstances, it will have to be ensured that the information available with the nodal set-up is used strictly and entirely for stringent action against the crime Syndicates, without allowing any scope whatever of its being exploited for political gain.

    14.3 In the preceding context, it would be logical if the nodal set-up is under the MHA, directly handled by the Home Secretary who can be assisted by one or more selected officers of the Ministry for the collation and compilation of all information received from IB, CBI, R&AW and the various agencies under the Department of Revenue The manner in which such information is operationalised would need to be confidentially discussed with the concerned Heads of Organisation and, as necessary, with Secretary (Revenue). It will also need to be ensured that the nodal set-up functions with extreme secrecy. Needless to say, any leakage whatever about the linkages of crime Syndicate senior Government functionaries or political leaders in the states or at the centre could have a destabilizing effect on the functioning of Government. As such, it would not appear prudent to entrust the functioning of the Nodal Cell to any level below that of the Home Secretary. Further, the government would also have to carefully consider and prescribe the authorities to whom the Home Secretary will report in regard to the sensitive information received by the nodal set-up as well as regarding the operations to be launched by one or more of the concerned agencies to apprehend, investigate and prosecute the offenders.

    15.1 In the normal course this report would have been drafted by the Mernber Secretary and finalized by the Committee. Considering the nature of the issues involved, I did not consider it desirable to burden the Members of the Committee with any further involvement beyond the views expressed by them. Accordingly, I decided to personally dictate this Report.

    15.2 I have prepared only three copies of this Report. One copy each is being submitted to MOS(IS) and HM, the third copy being retained by rne. After HM has perused this Report, I request him to consider discussing further action with finance Minister, MOS(IS) and myself. The emerging approach could thereafter be got approved from Prime Minister before being implemented. At that stage other concerned senior officers would be taken into confidence.

    15.3 After an initial discussion at the level of MOS(IS) and HM I could send a copy of this Report to FM, before the issues are discussed with him.


    (N. N. VOHRA )



    HM [Copy No.1/3]

    MOS [Copy No.2/3]

    Internal accountability

    By Harish Khare

    Pakistan's involvement and its intractable hostility to our safety and security is an old song. But we cannot keep on wringing our hands in despair, petitioning the "international community" to do something about Islamabad.


    By Aamir Mughal
  4. Dawood Ibrahim AND Company:


    Is India serious about repatriating Dawood from wherever?

    CONTRARY to a myth perpetuated by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad about some deep patriotism of overseas Indians, most non-resident Indians (NRI) that I have known were never lovers of India because most of them were always waiting to see the American dollar pummel the Indian rupee before they would send money home, rarely through bank drafts, usually through the more lucrative hawala route. That way my NRI friends would get more rupees for the dollar, and who was there to worry about how with each fall of the rupee by even a few paise, India’s massive foreign debt climbed up by one or two million dollars.

    When I first met Dawood Ibrahim at the Sharjah cricket stadium in the company of Indian diplomats and Bombay movie stars, he looked every inch an NRI of the jingoist flag-waving variety. As a reporter for a Dubai-based newspaper, I was allowed to do all the research on him, as long as I did not harbour any ambition of writing even a word of it. In the company of some of the dazzling heroes and heroines who are still worshipped by Indian cinegoers, Dawood looked like a bumpkin who had somehow wangled a fancy seat close to Abdul Rahman Bukhatir.

    The second time I saw him in Sharjah, Dawood had acquired the demeanour of someone who owned the entire wretched stadium. His waving of the Indian flag was as “patriotic” as his reported hawala operations that undermined the country he only publicly represented. Dawood Bhai or just Bhai, as he was known, was much admired among his countrymen for his Indian zeal, including the bets he was believed to encourage in support of the players of the day. Will Gavaskar make a ton today, will Srikanth get out before 50? Dawood would most likely have said yes to the first, no to the second. Or so I was told by a commodities broker who worked for him, who hedged gold futures for Dawood’s and some Pakistani Haji Sahib’s smuggling operations.

    But who could have thought that this ordinary-looking fugitive from Mumbai would in a matter of a decade and a half become the bone of contention between India and Pakistan, that too in a menacing nuclear standoff? That from President Bush to Prime Minister Vajpayee and President Musharraf, they would be discussing serious issues of war and peace whose resolution could hinge on this one man’s whereabouts and, if found in Karachi or Murree, as claimed by India, his extradition could hold the key to the way the standoff goes from here?

    A serious doubt, however, crept into this scenario at a briefing by Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh and US Secretary of State Colin Powell. If India is serious about Dawood’s extradition, then why did Jaswant Singh weaken his case by citing some Pakistani news reports to buttress his claim about his presence in Karachi? Now the Indian foreign minister surely knows that news reports, no matter how credible, are frequently dismissed by his own officials when it suits them as just that, news reports, unsubstantiated reports, unofficial reports.

    Forget ordinary news reports, when it suits the government they can ignore documentary evidence of their own culpability in a scandal, like the Tehelka case in which the government has set up a committee to examine goodness knows what facts when its own party chief is clearly seen accepting money from disguised reporters. There are double standards here. You cannot rely on a Pakistani journal as gospel truth and look the other way when it comes to Tehelka. I am saying Mr Singh has weakened his case before the media as far as the extradition of Dawood Ibrahim is concerned by citing news reports and not something more concrete. Of course, the Indian government has the prerogative not to share any hard evidence on this sensitive issue of the media. But then please also don’t give us half-baked notions for hard facts.

    Could the answer to this apparent obfuscation of hard facts lie in the barely-if-ever discussed Vohra Committee Report of 1993 that points a pointed finger at the nexus that thrives between the Indian underworld and Indian politicians “across the political spectrum”. I can sadly report that the media has also been mentioned fairly high up in the Vohra report as culpable in the nexus. Could it be possible that Dawood’s return to India would prove to be a costly affair for the political future of senior luminaries in the government and the opposition and perhaps their political parties too? What if he sings like a canary? Or he wouldn’t be allowed to go that far? Who knows!

    A cursory survey of the published accounts pertaining to the Dawood Ibrahim saga reveal a strange mix of plain underworld terror, brutalized Indian polity, farcical journalists and rabble-rousing communalists fishing for big or small advantage in the already troubled waters of growing intolerance. At least one report by The Frontline magazine’s Praveen Swami discusses with chilling detail a Dawood Ibrahim plot to assassinate Indian Home Minister Advani. If true, Dawood Ibrahim seems to consider it acceptable to pursue his own dangerous agenda, even if it means a communal holocaust would almost certainly be the end-result. Fortunately, says Swami, suddenly, the group was told to abort the mission. “Something went wrong for the gang in Lucknow,” said an official connected with the case. “But none of those we have arrested know why they were ordered to call off the operation.”

    On the other hand, Dawood’s name seems to have been unnecessarily dragged in to justify the large-scale rioting in Mumbai in January 1993. The Justice BN Srikrishna Commission Report on the anti- Muslim riots refers to Dawood in the following context: “The Shiv Sena referred to and strongly relied on the information contained in C.R. No.5 of 1993, DCB- CID (initially C.R. No.122 of 1993 registered by Azad Maidan Police Station) to contend that there was a widespread conspiracy amongst various criminals funded by the notorious Dubai-based criminal, Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, to smuggle arms and ammunition into India and to distribute them to the Muslim criminal elements in the Muslim-dominated areas in order to bring about communal riots. But, careful reading of the case papers in light of evidence of the then Additional Commissioner of Police in charge of SB-I, CID, V.S.Deshmukh, negatives this contention.”

    As a matter of fact it is now beginning to emerge that even if Dawood Ibrahim and his associates are brought to heel, it would still not satisfy the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party much less solve the country’s problems with crime and an uncontrollable black economy.

    “Indian citizens are sick to death of being held to ransom by assorted hoodlums — militants, dons, smugglers, or mealy-mouthed strikers,” thundered a self-proclaimed BJP journalist not too long ago. Notice how “mealy-mouthed strikers,” a reference to telecom employees who were on strike against the government’s privatization policies, have been bracketed with hoodlums and smugglers. This is not an aberration. A leading newspaper recently carried a government minister’s bilious piece against terrorism in which Che Guevara was equated with Osama bin Laden.

    The BJP journalist also alludes to the Congress party as a virtual patron of Dawood Ibrahim. “Sadly, this is not confined to striking public sector employees and a jungle hoodlum. Has anyone noticed how Dawood Ibrahim has regained almost all his old clout in Mumbai? This was always true to an extent, but his clout has grown at a truly frightening pace since the Congress (I)- Nationalist Congress Party alliance took over the reins in Mantralaya. I hope and pray that this is just a coincidence.”

    In another incident the police commissioner of Mumbai in 1997 had filed an affidavit against Samajwadi Party’s Maharashtra state president Abu Asim Azmi, saying he was “in close association with Dawood Ibrahim.” If that is true, it would then be far easier to figure out the present hullabaloo about Dawood’s repatriation. As it happens, the Samajawadi Party is racing ahead of all its rivals in the arriving polls in Uttar Pradesh (with no small help from Amitabh Bachchan). It makes perfect sense to target someone who could be helping out the BJP’s bete noire in Uttar Pradesh, that is Dawood.

    Imagine who all would be shuddering at the thought of Dawood’s repatriation to India.

    Let’s take it from the NN Vohra Committee report itself, no less. Writes chairman Vohra at the outset: “In the first meeting of the Committee (held on l5th July ‘93), I had explained to the Members that Government had established the Committee after seeing the reports of our Intelligence and Investigation agencies on the activities/linkages of the Dawood Ibrahim gang, consequent to the bomb blasts in Bombay in March 1993. From these various reports, it was apparent that the activities of Memon Brothers and Dawood Ibrahim had progressed over the years, leading to the establishment of a powerful network.

    “This could not have happened without these elements having been protected by the functionaries of the concerned Government departments, specially Customs, Income Tax, Police and others. It was, therefore, necessary to identify the linkages and to also determine how such information could be timely collected and acted upon in the future.

    “In the course of the discussions, I perceived that some of the Members appeared to have some hesitation in openly expressing their views and also seemed unconvinced that Government actually intended to pursue such matters. Accordingly, I addressed separate personal letters to each of the Members of the Committee seeking their well considered suggestions and recommendations.”

    January 21, 2002 Monday

    By Aamir Mughal
  5. Storming Mumbai by a dozen or so young men will NOT achieve any goals of any Jehadi outfit, no matter how radical UNLESS they succeed in getting the two countries to draw daggers. Little they realise that in this age of nuclear confrontations, nobody wins. If no body wins and all are anhilated, what happens to their wild assumptions?

    The wise thing to do at this time is not to fall into the trap of India and Pakistan's enemies. They must not be rewarded. Rather they must be defeated and eliminated.

    The fact that they have succeeded in generating a hateful response from the media shows that people are walking into their trap with their eyes open but minds shut.

    By Mubashir