The latest series of terror attacks in New Delhi serves as a reminder of the radical islamic elements operating in the country. The attacks, which targeted three crowded market places in India’s capital, killed at least 20 people and injured over 100. A group called Indian Mujahideen (IM) claimed the responsibility for the attacks.
It is suspected that Indian Mujahideen is actually the new name under which The Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) is operating these days. The group was formed in April 1977, aiming to establish an Islamic state and law in the country. Through the years, the group carried out numerous terror attacks in the country, and it is believed to have ties with Pakistani terror groups such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM), as well as Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami in Bangladesh. Those ties probably include cooperation between the groups on both logistical and operational levels.
Since its formation, SIMI activists have also been involved in the ongoing conflicts between the Hindu and Muslim communities in the country. Tensions between the two sides stem from SIMI’s and other radical Islamic elements’ efforts to adopt the Sharia law, as opposed to India’s constitutional commitment to secularism.
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