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Indian origin jihadist skips bail, flees UK for Islamic State

An Indian-origin Islamist activist facing trial on terrorism charges skipped bail and fled UK.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 14, 2014 3:04 am
An Indian-origin Islamist activist facing trial on terrorism charges skipped bail and fled UK. An Indian-origin Islamist activist facing trial on terrorism charges skipped bail and fled UK.

An Indian-origin Islamist activist facing trial on terrorism charges skipped bail and fled the country with his family on Wednesday, headed through Paris to the Islamic State, British media have reported.  The escape, first revealed by The Daily Mail, came after Abu Rumaysah failed to surrender his passport, a condition of his bail, and has led to opposition charges of police incompetence.

Born Siddhartha Dhar, to a family Indian diplomatic sources in London told The Indian Express was of Bihar-Bengal origin, Abu Rumaysah had been arrested in September along with nine others, on charges of inciting terrorism, as part of an ongoing investigation of the London-based pro-jihadist group al-Muhajiroun.

Indian diplomatic sources said authorities in the United Kingdom had not requested any information on Rumaysah’s links, and there did not appear to be any connection between his radicalisation and his country of origin.  The sources added that there was no recorded of Rumaysah having visited India in the past several years.

Al-Muhajiroun, led by Bangladesh-origin Islamist Anjem Chowdhuri, has been at the forefront of campaigning for the Islamic State in the United Kingdom—mainly in public.  Rumaysah, who sources said converted to Islam during his teens and had long been estranged from his family, was a key member of the group and its offshoots, organising roadshows that sought to convert troubled youth to the cause.

It was at one of these that he is believed to have met, and possibly mentored, Michael Adebolajo, who beheaded British soldier Lee Rigby on a London street.

Rumaysah had, several times in the past, offered to renounce his citizenship if he was allowed to travel to the territories in Iraq and Syria now held by the Islamic State. In an interview given to the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 in August, Rumaysah said he “would love to live under the Islamic State and under the shariah”.

In a lecture delivered in September, laden with communal invective, Rumaysah praised Adolf Hitler for seeking to crush a purported Jewish conspiracy he described as “this evil thing”.  He added that Zionists had “no regard for human life”, citing as evidence the prominence of Jews in the medical profession, which he alleged dispensed drugs which have “adverse side-effects”.

He also blamed Jews for the rise of Shi’a Islam—who the Islamic State and other Sunni Islamists claim are heretics, and have targeted in large-scale killings across West Asia and Pakistan—saying the mother of its founder had belonged to the faith.

In a November interview to the BBC’s popular ‘60 Minutes’ programme, Rumaysah also defended Muslim vigilante groups charged with attacking women and homosexuals.  “I want to see every single woman in this country covered from head to toe,”  he said “I want to the see the hand of the thief cut. I want to see adulterers stoned to death.”

Lord Carlile, the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, was among several prominent British figures who said he was shocked at the ease with which Rumaysah was able to evade authorities.  “Evidence of Mr Rumaysah’s statements at various times show that he wanted to leave the country”, he told the BBC on Wednesday. “So one would have hoped that the authorities were aware of that”

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    Pranab
    Nov 14, 2014 at 4:51 am
    All the fools and dumbs of highest order can only convert to Islam.
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      saataarkar
      Nov 14, 2014 at 4:31 am
      "Indian diplomatic sources said authorities in the United Kingdom had not requested any information on Rumaysah’s links, and there did not appear to be any connection between his radicalisation and his country of origin. The sources added that there was no recorded of Rumaysah having visited India in the past several years."Talk about racism :)
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        Brijkhanna
        Nov 14, 2014 at 11:45 am
        May we call this dereliction of duty? May we call it political interference/patronage to suspected Jihadists?, Is it not failure of Law and Order Agencies not to intercept this Jihadist at the stage of immigration? Corrupt Law and Order machinery, Political interference, lack of coordination between Police and Immigration Cell are all responsible.Hence forth while granting bail to suspected terrorist along with monetary bond we should take two or more sureties. In case the suspect jumps bail two sureties should be immediately arrested, denied any bail and ought to be prosecuted as an " accessories" to Crime with a jail terms exceeding two years.
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          Venk
          Nov 14, 2014 at 9:18 am
          He and his family will have to stay wherever he is as his pport will be withdrawn. Perhaps he will volunteer for a suicide mission and end up in paradise with a hundred virgins.
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            Cleanmaster
            Nov 14, 2014 at 10:44 am
            Kick out all Bangladeshi brought by Congress for Voting, First they are Muslims than they are Bengali. They tried to take Indian Pport and bring bad name. In India they get easily mixed up. Not only they are doing terrorists Acts in India and outside and bringing bad name to us. Curse Congress and Nehru's dynasty to do great harm to India. Kill them for every innocent Indian die.Kick Nehru dynasty with Bengladeshi.
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