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ISI link to Andhra mass conversions

ISI link to Andhra mass conversions

Author: R.  Balaji
Publication: The Asian Age
Date: July 28, 2000

Investi-gations into widespread total conversions in villages near Nuzvid in Krishna district have revealed that about 1,000 Hindu families at "Hujurnagar" village were converted to Islam by Deendar Anjuman, the outfit now under a cloud for alleged subversive activities in South India.

Borvancha was rechristened "Hujurnagar" by Anjuman activists for "operational convenience" after they successfully converted the village population of about 5,000 to Islam over a period of five years, sources said.  The village is surrounded by a cluster of smaller villages and is located just 2 km from Nuzvid town on the Ravucharlu road.

State intelligence slueths and other police agencies, who are now camping at "Hujurnagar" to elicit more information on the activities of subversive elements operating from the village, believe that Deendar would have spread its tentacles in and around Nuzvid.  In fact, according to police sources, the conversions were directly supervised by the sect's Pakistan-based leader Zia-ul Hassan, who is the son of Deendar's founder-president, Syed Siddique Hussain Deendar Chanbasveshwar.

The conversions were meticulously planned and carried out by the organisation with apparent support from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency.  "Most of the converts belong to the vulnerable Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and huge sums of money was used to lure them into the Islamic fold," an official disclosed.

Apart from monetary considerations, activists of the Pakistan-based Jamiat Hizbul Mujahideen were also actively involved in brainwashing the locals into changing their religion by explaining the "supremacy" of Islam over all other religions of the world, the sources said.

Interrogation of suspects in the serial bomb blast case had also revealed that Zia-ul Hassan had visited Hyderabad in the last week of June this year.  He reportedly held secret confabulations with several Deendar activists, including Zakir, who perished in the van blast at Bangalore, and also Ibrahim who survived the attack.  Significantly, it was only after his visit that the attacks on the places of worship intensified.

The sources said a number of Muslim converts from this village had managed to secure jobs in both Pakistan and in the Gulf countries.  "We are still in the process of establishing identities of persons who obtained employment in these countries with the assistance of fundamentalist elements," a senior police official said.

Investigating officials also suspect that the ISI had been using "hawala" mode to transfer money from Pakistan to Krishna district.  The money has been used both for converting villagers and also to carry out subversive activities.

Various police teams are also investigating the presence of Deendar at another village, Thummagudem, located at Chatrai mandal of Krishna district and sandwiched between West Godavari and Khammam districts.  It has a population of about 2,500 residents mostly Muslim.

Meanwhile, sleuths of the Corps of Detectives of the Karnataka police questioned members of Deendar Anjuman at its headquarters in Asifnagar.  The questioning was in connection with the ongoing investigations of organisation members for their role in the serial bomb blast case.

The CoD team, along with central agencies like Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing, have been closely monitoring the activities of the organisation in the city and Krishna district, besides certain districts in Telangana.

Though 23 activists of Deendar Anjuman had been arrested by the police so far, the organisation has maintained that the arrested persons might have been individually involved in the incidents and that the organisation per se had no role in their activities.

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