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Osama CDs surface in rural Bihar

Osama CDs surface in rural Bihar

Author: Pranava K Chaudhary
Publication: The Times of India
Date: April 14, 2007
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1907582.cms

An unspecified number of CDs, containing Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's exhortations to Muslims to wage "jehad"(holy war), surfaced in the remote areas of Bihar's Bhojpur district on Friday.

Sources said that the 90-minute CDs in Arabic language with English sub-titles have the footage of Al-Qaida and Taliban camps, where militants are shown receiving training in guerrilla warfare.

However, the Bhojpur police are tightlipped over the contents of the CDs. Speaking to TOI over phone, Bhojpur SP Umesh Kumar said: "I have received information in this regard but it would not be appropriate on our part to divulge details at this juncture."

He also refused to disclose the locations from where the CDs were recovered. However, the sources claimed that the CDs surfaced in the remote areas of Bhagalpur Milki, Piro, Jagdishpur and Koelwar villages of Bhojpur district. It is yet to be ascertained how these CDs made their way to the said villages, they added.

According to the sources, the intelligence agencies are trying to identify the linkman involved in the distribution of the CDs.

Meanwhile, the state government has taken a serious note of the issue. Home commissioner Afzal Amanullah told TOI over phone from New Delhi that the state government will engage experts to analyse the contents of the CDs and establish their authenticity.
"People should refrain themselves from indulging in such foolish propaganda," Amanullah said, adding: "Anybody found trying to tear apart the social fabric of society will not spared."

Facts apart, Bihar's links with terror outfits cannot be ruled out. Only last year, two suspects of Mumbai train blasts - Kamal Ansari and Khalid - were arrested from a remote village of Madhubani district.

(With inputs from Sunil Singh in Ara)

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