KL-based Rohingya group with ties to Zakir Naik in India terror plot: report
The Times of India says intel authorities have intercepted incriminating financial transactions
Updated 1 hour ago · Published on 13 Dec 2020 1:42PM ·
KUALA LUMPUR – A Malaysia-based Rohingya outfit alleged to have financial ties with controversial preacher Zakir Naik has plans to launch terror attacks in India, reported The Times of India.
It said Indian intelligence intercepted crucial financial transactions between the group, Rohingya leader Mohammed Naseer and Zakir, with the group believed to be at an advanced stage of orchestrating strikes in various parts of India.
“The intelligence suggests that a group, led by a woman trained in Myanmar, may attempt a strike in an Indian city in the next few weeks.
“Late on Friday, the intelligence establishment alerted police and the state intelligence bureaus of Delhi, Haryana, UP (Uttar Pradesh), Bihar and West Bengal to step up surveillance,” it quoted a source as saying.
Citing an intelligence document, the report said several transactions between India and Malaysia, involving a sum of about US$200,000 (RM810,300), have been traced to Naseer, who is based here, and Zakir.
It said a suspect based in Chennai, believed to be a “hawala” (money-transfer dealer), has received part of the funds.
“Digging deeper, the sleuths were able to deduce that a group was to infiltrate India in mid- or end-December, through Bangladesh.
“The origin, or any identity-related details, of the woman who supposedly trained in Myanmar for this strike is unclear, but it is suspected that she was sent to Myanmar from Malaysia early this year,” said the source.
Indian intelligence said attacks were also planned in several other cities and states, namely Ayodhya, Bodhgaya, Srinagar and Punjab.
It is learnt that intelligence authorities are trying to determine if a Rohingya militant group that came under the spotlight last year for raising funds for Rohingya refugees in Malaysia is involved in the current set of transfers.
The Vibes is attempting to get comments from the Home Ministry and inspector-general of police on this development.
India busts Malaysia-based outfit’s terror attack plot
Raj Shekhar | TNN | Updated: Dec 13, 2020, 09:28 IST
NEW DELHI: The Indian intelligence establishment is learnt to have intercepted crucial financial transactions with links to wanted Islamic preacher Zakir Naik suggesting that a Malaysia-based Rohingya outfit may be in an advanced stage of orchestrating a terror strike in the country by a group led by a woman.
The intelligence suggests that a woman-led group, who has been trained in Myanmar, may attempt a strike in an Indian city in the next few weeks.
Late on Friday, the intelligence establishment alerted the police and state intelligence bureaus of Delhi, Haryana, UP, Bihar and West Bengal to step up surveillance, a source confirmed.
An intel document, seen by TOI, states that a slew of suspicious India-centric transactions to the tune of around 2 lakh dollars have been tracked to Kuala Lumpur based Rohingya leader Mohammed Naseer and controversial Islamic cleric Zakir Naik.
The intel document states that a Chennai-based suspect, probably a hawala dealer, had received a part of this fund. Digging deeper, the sleuths were able to deduce that a group was to infiltrate India in mid or end of December through Bangladesh.
The origin or any identity related details of the woman who supposedly trained in Myanmar for this strike is unclear but it is suspected that she was sent to Myanmar from Malaysia early this year, a source said.
In the communication to the states, likely targets mentioned are Ayodhya, Bodhgaya, Punjab and Srinagar. The agency also suspects that a few conduits belonging to Popular Front of India may extend support to the group for logistics and hence watch may be stepped up on elements associated with the outfit, it states.
Intelligence sources said that sleuths were trying to figure out if a Rohingya militant group which came under the scanner last year for raising funds for Rohingya refugees in Malaysia was involved in the current set of transfers. Naik is wanted by Indian authorities since 2016 on charges of money laundering and inciting extremism through hate speeches.