Shocking! Terror training camp in Kodagu unearthed
In a shocking development, police investigation has revealed that Nazir alias Ummer Haji, the Indian Mujahideen operative, of Kerala origin, arrested recently in Bangladesh for masterminding the Bangalore serial blasts last year, had been running a terror training camp in Kodagu.
According to police investigation, Nazir Tarian Dabede (25) had taken five acres of land on lease at a village near Madapura in Somwarpet taluk in 2007, for ginger cultivation, and had set up a training camp for jihadis. He had put up a temporary shed on the land. The land belonged to Ajeej, a former taluk panchayat member.
After the local residents grew suspicious of the ginger farmer receiving strange visitors, Nazir moved out of Kodagu along with his accomplices. He was allegedly involved in imparting training to the youth belonging to a minority community in terror tactics. In fact, Nazir had taken shelter in Kodagu as he was wanted by the Kerala police in a murder case involving a RSS activist.
Nazir escaped to Bangladesh after masterminding the Bangalore serial blasts in 2008.
The ongoing investigation has revealed that Nazir was associated with Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and was mandated to carry out terror strikes in south India.
Nazir and his accomplice who were handed over to India by Bangladesh Rifles near the border in Meghalaya are currently being interrogated by a special team of Karnataka police.
The Kodagu police too have swung into action and questioned several people involved in helping Nazir to take land on lease for ginger cultivation.
In the recent years, local people of Kodagu have been recklessly leasing out lands to people of Kerala origin for the cultivation of ginger. As it has come to notice that several of these ginger cultivators are also involved in nefarious deals, the people of Kodagu should check the antecedents of the persons before leasing out land to dubious characters.