Terrorism affects science capital
By Maxwell Pereira
terrorist strike in the City shatters the myth of South being
out of the ISI’s designs.
India has actually been no stranger to planned or organised terrorist
attacks. One could recall the Coimbatore blasts of the late 1990s
and then the carefully orchestrated attacks on Christian Churches
in Karnataka and Goa by the Bhim-darey Anshuman.
so, the myth of peninsular India being insulated from the ISI-backed
terrorist scanner stood effectively blasted when the Delhi Police
in March 2005 arrested two members of a terrorist module in Uttamnagar,
West Delhi. In their interrogation, for the first time it was
revealed that they had actually surveyed Bangalore for targeting
the software industry here.
some more terrorist links picked up by the Delhi Police recently
during the investigations following the recent pre-Diwali Delhi
blasts, had again indicated that Bangalore and Hyderabad are being
actively viewed by terrorists as potential targets. These interrogation
disclosures have been further corroborated by inputs from various
technical surveillance and interceptions by the Intelligence services.
is to blame
section of the media has already put the Bangalore Police and
the Karnataka government on the mat for ignoring and not acting
upon specific intelligence inputs received — at least three
of them immediately prior to this attack — which reportedly
sounded the alarm for Bangalore. Chief Minister Dharam Singh is
seen defending his government though, saying there has been no
security lapse, whatever precautions that could be taken had been
ensured; it is unfortunate that the attack happened despite the
December 28 terrorist attack in Bangalore has, however, sent confusing
signals. Especially since an attack on academia, scientists, places
of learning and of research, is totally a new dimension, such
plans not having found mention hitherto in either the intelligence
inputs, nor during interrogation of arrested terrorists.
confusion is further confounded with the emerging facts —
the uncertainty over the actual number of perpetrators involved
— with conflicting reports emanating from different sources
and authorities! There is confusion over whether it was a lone
perpetrator, or an operator backed by a group of terrorists as
is being speculated. What is definite appears to be that at least
one person emerged from the parking lot carrying a bag armed with
an AK-56 and three grenades, and escaped after lobbing the grenade
and spraying a volley of bullets on those coming out of the auditorium.
points at Laskar
the presence of the AK-56 and grenades would strongly indicate
that it is a terrorist attack, the modus operandi and solo style
of operation does put a question mark on actual terrorist involvement!
Going by patterns of previous terrorist attacks, analysts are
likely to point a finger at the Laskar-e-Toiba, who are known
to operate in modules of two and indulge in guerilla attacks,
unlike the Jaish-e-Mohammed, whose modules normally are in numbers
five or six.
course, the citizenry and particularly it’s watchdog, the
media, like usual, would expect the police and the administration
to pull out the chestnuts from the fire with the snap of a finger,
and literally be magicians. And so the cries of “police
groping in the dark” are already renting the air! One would
need to be a bit more realistic.
the intelligence reports been that specific, perhaps the attack
could have been prevented? The fact that it could not be prevented
would obviously render the task of the investigators akin to looking
for a needle in a haystack. It is here that the Bangalore Police
would need to show their investigative acumen - be it in collecting,
collating, and analysing clues that would lead them to arrest
the perpetrator/s and measure up with suitable steps to prevent
such attacks in future.
page from the books of Delhi Police who have a reputation for
solving every one of their blast cases, could perhaps be a challenge
of some help?
writer is former Joint Commissioner, Delhi Police.)
January 2, 2006:Copy Right © Maxwell Pereira: 3725 Sec-23,
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