Wanted to attack UP dargah, Imambara and cleric before Ujjain blast, accused tells NIA

NIA sources said Husain, Danish, Atif and Saifullah reached visited the Barabanki dargah in the first week of February and took photographs of the mazar on the mobile phones of Atif and Danish.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | New Delhi | Updated: March 27, 2017 10:28 am
Also on their hit-list were the Bara Imambara in Lucknow and Shia cleric Maulana Salman Hussaini Nadvi.

One of the three men arrested from Madhya Pradesh for carrying out an explosion on board the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train on March 7 has told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that the group had earlier planned to attack targets in Uttar Pradesh including a dargah in Barabanki, the Bara Imambara in Lucknow and a leading Shia cleric.

Official sources told The Indian Express that Syed Mir Husain, one of the three arrested from Pipariya in Hoshangabad district within hours of the blast, told NIA interrogators that the group wanted to attack the Waris Ali Shah dargah in Barabanki and had spent an entire day studying security arrangements and the movement of pilgrims at the dargah. Heavy security arrangements there, Husain told the NIA, made the group give up the idea.

Also on their hit-list were the Bara Imambara in Lucknow and Shia cleric Maulana Salman Hussaini Nadvi. The group, the NIA was told, had surveyed the cleric’s house and monitored his movements. They also took photographs of his house and two vehicles, a Bolero and a Skoda.

Syed Mir Husain, Mohammed Danish and Atif Muzaffar were held from Pipariya. A fourth accomplice, Saifullah, was killed in a gunfight with personnel of the UP anti-terror squad at a house on the outskirts of Lucknow. On March 16, the NIA took over the probe into the train blast case. The NIA took into its custody three of the seven arrested so far — Husain, Atif and Danish are in NIA custody until March 27.

Husain told his NIA interrogators that they went to several places in and around Lucknow to “fix the targets, to implement the sharia law, to have a jihad and to have bomb blasts and commit murder at fixed places” before “settling down in Arab or other countries”.

NIA sources said Husain, Danish, Atif and Saifullah reached visited the Barabanki dargah in the first week of February and took photographs of the mazar on the mobile phones of Atif and Danish. The accused identified four locations inside the dargah precincts as the “best places” for placing bombs — a small room in the mazar where a lot of people gather; entry-exit gate of the mazar; the place where shoes are left; and, the qawwali area. They had also monitored the crowds at the shrine on Jummerat, making videos of the flow of pilgrims, sources said.

They found that the maximum rush at the mazar was from 9 am to 3.30 pm, and that there was heavy police presence throughout the day – the reason why they could place any bomb there, sources said.

The accused also carried out a reconnaissance of the Bara Imambara in Lucknow and visited it on the the last three Fridays of February — people gather there on a Friday to pray. They also took photographs of locations at the Imambara.

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First Published on: March 27, 2017 4:16 am
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    islamForFoools
    Mar 27, 2017 at 2:41 am
    Hindus must make plans to convert Muslims into Hinduism and show them the right path. Hindus give up your ideology of not converting others into Hinduism. Convert Muslims
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      Srividya Jayaraman
      Mar 27, 2017 at 9:10 am
      All filth like you are bad for the nation. If India has to developed filth you should be cleaned.
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        Srividya Jayaraman
        Mar 27, 2017 at 9:10 am
        All jihadist writing on Hindu names. Shameless creatures
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          Srividya Jayaraman
          Mar 27, 2017 at 9:19 am
          Before com.e ting RSS as terrorist people of your religion are terrorist who are killing worldwide . RSS is not kiting.people in UK US and France.
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            Srividya Jayaraman
            Mar 27, 2017 at 9:06 am
            NIA is telling the truth. People of your religion can go any extent and out the blame on Hindus
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              Srividya Jayaraman
              Mar 27, 2017 at 9:20 am
              People like you are beggi g to Modi. Yes India should kick people like you out of this cou try and throw it I Arabian sea.
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                Srividya Jayaraman
                Mar 27, 2017 at 9:12 am
                You filth s are bloody nuisanve
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                  Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                  Mar 27, 2017 at 1:37 am
                  All these just for 72 HOURIES as per Koran: lt;br/gt;"Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them." Koran 2:191 lt;br/gt;"Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood." Koran 9:123 lt;br/gt;"When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them." Koran 9:5 lt;br/gt;"Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable." Koran 3:85 lt;br/gt;"The Jews and the Christians are PEVERTS fight them."... Koran 9:30 lt;br/gt;"Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam" Koran 5:33 lt;br/gt;"Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water melt their skin and bellies." Koran 22:19 lt;br/gt;"The unbelievers are stupid urge the Muslims to fight them." Koran 8:65lt;br/gt;"Muslims must not take the infidels as friends." Koran 3:28 lt;br/gt;"Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur''an." Koran 8:12 lt;br/gt;"Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels." Koran..
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                    Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                    Mar 27, 2017 at 1:36 am
                    MUHAMMAD OWNED AND RAP-ED HIS SE-X SLAVE-Slt;br/gt;Enjoying Special Bo-oty (Ga-ni-maat=er-maa-l): Muhammad Takes Safiya As Boo-ty To Be His S=ex Sl-avelt;br/gt;Safiya bint Huyai/Huyayy was a captive Mohammed married after slaughteri=ng her father, brother, husband and the men at Khai-bar, according to Bukhari vol.2 book 14 ch.5 no.68 p.35; vol.4 book 52 ch.74 no.143 p.92; vol.4 book 52 ch.168 no.280 p.175 and Tabari vol.39 p.185.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Sunan Abu Dawud Book 11, Number 2166:Narrated AbuSa’id al-Khudri
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                      MyTake
                      Mar 27, 2017 at 1:03 am
                      (Husain told his NIA interrogators that they went to several places in and around Lucknow to “fix the targets, to implement the sharia law, to have a jihad and to have bomb blasts and commit murder at fixed places” before “settling down in Arab or other countries”.)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why quite a lot of these people come to almost same conclusion? Isn't this is something to do with the books they read?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;When the terror manual is going to be banned? Unless these books are banned it is going to be increasingly difficult and waste of resources for no benefit to the people. Someone has to be the first to ban the books that inspire this!
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                        MyTake
                        Mar 27, 2017 at 7:19 am
                        Look at this who have been empowered all these years and by whom!
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                          MyTake
                          Mar 27, 2017 at 3:17 am
                          One thing is sure currently where there are no Muslim above 10%, there are no terrorism problems!
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                            Rajat
                            Mar 27, 2017 at 3:37 am
                            NIA should be prosecuted for arresting these adherents of religion of peace and were only spreading message of peace and brotherhood. No space in India for minorities. lt;br/gt;Down with the rule of Modi and Yogi.
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                              Rajat
                              Mar 27, 2017 at 3:42 am
                              कीड़ों की कौम को 1947 में ही कीड़ों के देश में भेज देना चाहिए था. यहाँ तो गन्दगी नहीं फैलती कम से कम. lt;br/gt;जहाँ भी जाते हैं हग देते हैं
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                                Rajat
                                Mar 27, 2017 at 3:40 am
                                मुसलमान जो अपने ही comment को like कर रहा, जैसे अपनी ही की हुई टट्टी को चाट कर खा रहा हो. कीड़ों के कौम से ताल्लुक रखने वाले ही फैलाएंगे और अपना हगा हुआ ही खा लेंगे.
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                                  Rajat
                                  Mar 27, 2017 at 3:41 am
                                  नाम ही है
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                                    Rajat
                                    Mar 27, 2017 at 11:05 am
                                    कैसी जात है इन हरामजादों की, अब कह रहे हैं NIA BJP के कहने पर कर रही ये सब. बहुत ही घटिया कौम है. हरामजादो लन्दन वाला कीड़ा भी बीजेपी का था क्या?
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                                      Adnan Ali
                                      Mar 27, 2017 at 6:30 am
                                      There is a difference between correcting history and correcting brainwashed.
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                                        Dr.Damodar Biswal
                                        Mar 27, 2017 at 5:48 am
                                        Kindly see things with an open eye,sir.How do u say that they were spreading the message of peace?What prompted u to say that minorities have no space under Modi n Yogi rule?R u not too biased against them?
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                                          RAMJANE
                                          Mar 27, 2017 at 9:14 am
                                          i naali ka keeda samajta hai sab uske jaise hai. Uski language se lagta woh kya our kaha paida huwa.
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                                            George Cruz
                                            Mar 27, 2017 at 4:43 am
                                            The truth is that the radicalized Muslims commit terror/killing worldwide, the majority of the Muslims justify their act by claiming that they were framed, victimized..blah..blah..and always blame others for their shortcomings, and is not much different in India. The worse thing is that the Muslims consider terror/killing as brave acts of bravery.
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