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Mahanta presents proof of ISI mischief

Mahanta presents proof of ISI mischief

The Hindu
April 7, 2000
Title: Mahanta presents proof of ISI mischief
Publication: The Hindu
Date: April 7, 2000

The Assam Assembly today was told in detail the nature and extent of ISI activities in the State by the Chief Minister, Mr. Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.

The 16- page statement, first of its kind made by the State Government, included a photocopy of the ULFA "commander-in-chief", Mr. Paresh Baruah's fake Bangladesh passport, issued in the name of Kamaruddin Zaman Khan, obtained with the help of an official of the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka.

There was another photocopy of a Urdu letter written by Mr. Fasiullah Hussaini, a Pakistani spy arrested here last August, and addressed to Mr. Ashraf Jahangir Qazi, Pakistan High Commissioner in Delhi, requesting him to obtain Rs. 3 lakhs from the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen chief for defending his (Fasiullah's) case.

Mr. Mahanta said the State police had collected sufficient evidence to prove that the ISI was actively fomenting violence and terrorism. The Pakistani espionage and subversion agency had a six-fold objective: promoting indiscriminate violence in the State by providing support to local militant outfits; creating new militant outfits for instigating violence between ethnic and religious groups; supplying sophisticated arms and explosives to various terrorist groups; causing damage to oil pipelines and other vital installations and communication lines; promoting fundamentalism and militancy among local Muslim youth by preaching 'jehad'; and carrying on an inflammatory propaganda to heighten communal tension between Hindus and Muslims.

The Chief Minister named 11 Muslim militant outfits which are active in Assam: the Muslim United Liberation Front of Assam (MULFA), the Muslim Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA), the Islamic Liberation Army of Assam (ILAA), the United Muslim Liberation Front of Assam (UMLFA), the United Reformation Protest of Assam (URPA), the People's United Liberation Front (PULF), the Muslim Volunteer Force (MVF), the Adam Sena, the Islamic Sevak Sangha (ISS), the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and the Harkat-ul-jehad.

During the last two years, the police had arrested 101 MULTA activists and 60 persons belonging to other outfits.

Some top militants arrested were found to have been involved in activities of madrassas and mosques. In order to ensure that these religious institutions were not maligned wholesale, only Muslim police officers were deputed for inquiry there.

The Chief Minister provided thumbnail sketches of the activities of 17 arrested Muslim militants along with their photographs and gave details of their stay in Bangladesh and Pakistan and the type and quantity of explosives brought by them.

The police also seized a number of audio cassettes of "highly linflammatory and communally sensitive" speeches by Maulana Masood Azhar circulating in different parts of the State, Mr. Mahanta told the House.

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