Central agencies warn Tamil Nadu police about sleeper cells that are working in the state
The Tamil Nadu Police is on high alert after inputs from central intelligence agencies on the presence of some Islamic outfits in the state.
After the ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI), some human rights groups were conducting a program on human rights and police action, and central agencies have warned that such outfits were actually fronts of former PFI cadres who were trying to regroup.
Several places in Tamil Nadu like Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Namakkkal, Kanniyakumari, and Theni are under the scanner of intelligence agencies and police to unearth the activities of these organizations.
Sources in the Tamil Nadu Police said these groups were trying to influence educated youths on campuses wedded to Islamic ideology. While many are shying away due to the ban inflicted on the PFI, some youths are being targeted by these groups.
The central agencies have warned the state police that some sleeper cells were working in Tamil Nadu supporting the activities of these ‘on paper’ organizations. Even as these groups are focusing on human rights and against “police atrocities“, agencies say that they were trying to create a dedicated support base from among the former PFI activists for further action in Tamil Nadu.
According to a senior officer of a central intelligence agency, these organizations are getting funds from outside the country and some hawala operators are being used to deliver the money. Some West Asia-based Tamil Muslims are supporting these movements, and the agencies are trying to ascertain the amount of money being transferred.
Islamic outfits consider Tamil Nadu as a safe haven as the DMK government in the state is opposed to the Central government and is in confrontation with the Centre on many issues. While Kerala would have been a better hideout, agencies said that these organizations skipped it as the state has been on the radar of agencies and media earlier vis-a-vis Islamic outfits. Even the PFI’s earlier avatar, the NDF was formed in Kerala.
Tamil Nadu, according to central agencies, does not have that much media hype regarding Islamic movements and hence, the Islamists are trying to develop a strong base there.
With former LTTE cadres forging an alliance with international drug smuggling networks like Haji Ali network, the central agencies are trying to get inputs on whether the newly-formed groups are entering into or already entered into any connection with the former.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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