TN engineering student detained for planning ISIS terror attack
Mir Anas Ali, a third-year engineering student, was arrested in Tamil Nadu for planning a terrorist attack after contacting ISIS (Islamic State).
He was arrested after a nationwide search of 29 locations was conducted by multiple intelligence units. Ali belongs to Ambur, Tirupathur district and is a student in a private engineering school. Ambur Police reportedly monitored his movements for several months after getting information based on a tip.
On Thursday, he was arrested by the police and a case was registered under Articles 121, 122, 125 of the IPC and 18, 18A, 20, 38 and 39 of the UAPA against Mir Anas Ali.
According to a India today report, Ali was in contact with ISIS terrorists and was preparing for a terrorist attack of planting bombs in sensitive areas, assassinating a VIP in Vellore to spread terror. “He had used Telegram and other secure chat platforms to communicate,” law enforcement sources said.
A few days ago, two men were arrested in Erode district for links with IS. One of them, Asif Muzabdin (32), alias Abu Talha, was about to carry out a lone wolf attack on targets such as Hindu temples, Hindu leaders and police stations, and was in regular contact with IS terrorists in Afghanistan and Syria.
The arrests in Erode came after food delivery manager Akhtar Hussain from Assam was arrested in Bengaluru for radicalizing youths on behalf of al-Qaeda, and another man, Adil, working in a garment factory, was arrested in Salem.
The Deep Roots of Islamism in TN
The predominantly Muslim city of Ambur is a hotbed of Islamic radicalism. In 2015, the city witnessed a major Islamist mob attack (initiated by MMK MP Aslam Basha) on the police, injuring 42 police officers and leading to the assault of many female gendarmes, some of whom were reduced to tears in because of the sheer brutality they faced. .
Most people in the rest of the country are unaware of how deeply rooted the Islamist virus is in Tamil Nadu. Here is a summary of the rise of Islamism in Tamil Nadu politics, a gift of Nehruvian secularism and Dravidianism inspired by Western Indology –
“MH Jawahirullah (founder of the dreaded terrorist organization Al Umma) ‘split’ from Al Umma to found the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) in 1995. TMMK is projected as an NGO doing social charity and supposedly abjures electoral politics although it describes itself as a mass organization.A break with TMMK, P. Jainulabudeen founded Tamil Nadu Towheed Jamaat (TNTJ), also a mass organization, and so- also saying out of the electoral arena.
In 2009, MH Jawahirullah formed a political party, the Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK), which in alliance with the ruling AIADMK won two of the three assembly seats it contested in 2011. Jayalalithaa’s electoral alliance with MH Jawahirullah’s MMK, which is the front office for TMMK and TNTJ, has been the most potent cause of increasing jihadist aggression in public life in Tamil Nadu from 2011, when the AIADMK ousted the DMK to form the state government.
Many young Muslims in Tamil Nadu have joined or attempted to join ISIS. The first known recruit of the Islamic State in India, Haja Fakruddin is from Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu. A photo of young TN Muslims wearing ISIS shirts and doing the ISIS-branded one-finger salute as they stood in front of the “Periya Pallivasal” (Grand Mosque) in Ramanathapuram district went viral in 2014.