7 Indian firms among those in Islamic State supply chain: EU study

Solar Industries, which according to industry players is the biggest exporter among all the named Indian firms, did not respond to an email sent by The Indian Express.

Written by Anil Sasi , Sandeep Singh | New Delhi | Updated: February 26, 2016 8:01 am
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Seven Indian companies figure in a list of 51 commercial entities from 20 countries that, according to an EU-mandated study, are involved in the supply chain of over 700 components used by the Islamic State to construct improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

While four of the seven Indian firms denied having exported explosives or accessories to either Lebanon or Turkey, two confirmed that smaller suppliers of components such as fuses or detonating cords do not export these items directly, but through trading intermediaries or merchant exporters, and are mostly unaware of the final destination of the products.

The study, conducted by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), reported that Turkey topped the list of countries with a total of 13 firms involved in the IS supply chain, followed by India with seven companies. The Indian firms were mostly found to be manufacturing detonators, detonating cords and safety fuses.

The CAR study, which spanned a period of 20 months, however noted that the components were all “legally exported” under government-issued licences from India to entities in Lebanon and Turkey. The named companies produced, sold, or received critical material, such as chemical precursors, detonating cords, detonators, cables, wires, and other electronic components.

“Our product, namely safety-fuse, is an explosives accessory. Moreover, we have never exported our product directly to Lebanon or Turkey. Most of the time, our products are produced by us and exported by merchant exporting companies like Solar Industries, Economic Explosives, Premier Explosives and Ideal Industrial Explosives — all explosives manufacturers,” Jay Khemka, general manager of Chamundi Explosives, which is reported to have supplied safety fuses, said.

All companies named by him figure in the CAR list.

Solar Industries, which according to industry players is the biggest exporter among all the named Indian firms, did not respond to an email sent by The Indian Express. When contacted over phone, relevant officials in the company declined to speak on the issue. A spokesperson for Secunderabad-based Ideal Industrial Explosives said, “Neither our company nor our sister company, that is, Ideal Detonators Pvt Limited have exported any products to Lebanon and Turkey. The allegation said to have been published in the (CAR) report is false and baseless.”

According to the CAR report, the terror group mostly uses Nokia 105 mobile phone for remote detonation. Apart from Turkey and India, companies from the US, Brazil, Romania, Russia, the Netherlands, China, Switzerland, Austria and Czech Republic were also reported to be involved, it said. The study noted that governments and firms need to do more to track the flow of cables, chemicals and other equipment.

CAR’s executive director James Bevan said, “These findings support growing international awareness that ISIS in Iraq and Syria are very much self-sustaining — acquiring weapons and strategic goods, such as IED components, locally and with ease.”

The report said that CAR gained access to the components through partners, including the US-backed Kurdish YPG in Syria, the Iraqi Federal Police, the Kurdistan Region Security Council and forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government. These components were seized during battles in the Iraqi towns of al Rabia, Kirkuk, Mosul, and Tikrit and the Syrian town of Kobani.

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  1. I
    Feb 26, 2016 at 8:48 am
    Modi's success of Make in India!
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      Abhishek Upadhyay
      Feb 26, 2016 at 8:03 am
      It should be condemned. If the supplying companies and dealers are from minority communities then they should be left alone. India cannot be intolerant.
      1. A
        Feb 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm
        A nation that elected a terrorist will have no moral issues promoting terrorism in other countries. Stop indian terrorism in stan, Afghanistan, and the ME!
        1. A
          Feb 26, 2016 at 9:26 am
          So, these companies should be sent to stan ?
          1. O
            Feb 26, 2016 at 5:52 am
            India discreetly supports these blood su*ckrs for benefits
            1. R
              Feb 26, 2016 at 2:59 pm
              All the weapons ISIS uses were made in the West, and you claim that an Indian solar company is helping ISIS? With what? Solar heaters?
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                Caseys Sharma
                Feb 26, 2016 at 8:21 am
                Here is more news on this topic .. check more update news check this link:
                1. चैतन्य एरंडे
                  Feb 26, 2016 at 7:38 pm
                  1. चैतन्य एरंडे
                    Feb 26, 2016 at 7:37 pm
                    1 1) Detonating Cord Gulf Oil Corporation India 2) Detonating Cord Solar Industries India 3) Detonating Cord and detonators Premier Explosives India 4) Detonating Cord and detonators Rajasthan Exlosives and Chemicals India 5) Safety Fuse Chamundi Explosives India 6) Detonators Economic Explosives India 7) Detonators IDEAL Industrial Explosives India
                    1. चैतन्य एरंडे
                      Feb 26, 2016 at 7:35 pm
                      Here is the list Which are the Indian companies named and what did they supply? Item Supplied Name of the Company Country Detonating Cord Gulf Oil Corporation India Detonating Cord Solar Industries India Detonating Cord and detonators Premier Explosives India Detonating Cord and detonators Rajasthan Exlosives and Chemicals India Safety Fuse Chamundi Explosives India Detonators Economic Explosives India Detonators IDEAL Industrial Explosives India 1
                      1. K
                        Feb 26, 2016 at 1:52 pm
                        There are Western companies that sell all this military hardware who have yet to be named.
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                          Firoz Khan
                          Mar 25, 2016 at 3:28 pm
                          Denial by Indian companies in such matter is always expected. Some companies/individuals can go to any length to make money.
                          1. G
                            Feb 26, 2016 at 4:58 am
                            Now conspiracy theorist will start see the US and India has starting funding and supporting terrorists, its all the game of Mosad, Raw and FBI......
                            1. G
                              Feb 26, 2016 at 4:40 am
                              Make in India dream come true !!!
                              1. J
                                Jeslin Patricya
                                Feb 26, 2016 at 8:40 am
                                What!!!!! Such a shocking NEWS.
                                1. K
                                  Karataka Damanaka
                                  Feb 26, 2016 at 5:41 am
                                  Peanuts compared to US supplying stan nuclear capable F-16 planes.
                                  1. P
                                    Feb 26, 2016 at 8:45 am
                                    The exporting of items to IS is to just to make quick money. A thorough enquiry should be made againt these firms to findout their actual usage of money which the get out of these export.
                                    1. H
                                      Feb 26, 2016 at 7:44 pm
                                      99% of the weapons used by ISIS is supplied by USA through Saudi Arabia and Turkey and why do you change the storey to include Indians. OFF course every one mde money out of ISIS.
                                      1. L
                                        Feb 26, 2016 at 10:29 am
                                        Ohh. So blame Indian companies ? the heading sounds like that. supply chain is written as these companies do regular business with them.
                                        1. M
                                          Feb 26, 2016 at 2:36 am
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                                            PN Venugopalan
                                            Feb 26, 2016 at 9:37 am
                                            Why there is no reality check on exporters of goods like detonators? Authorities need to revisit existing checks and balances to avoid such pitfalls.
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