Growing menace called NDF

published on July 31, 2008


NDF activities raising suspicion

Author: M P Prashanth

Source: http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IER20080729142219&Page=R&Title=Kerala&Topic=0

KOZHIKODE: Last Saturday Deshabhimani daily carried a front page story with photograph of an NDF worker with a blade in his hand and blood oozing out of his neck.

The daily said it was one of the pictures of the training imparted to the NDF workers to make them hardcore terrorists. It said the training of the extremist organisation includes asking the cadres to cut their own neck and other parts of the body.

NDF leadership vehemently denied the allegation and has decided to move the court against the daily.

This is not the first time the organisation is facing the charge of giving ‘terror’ training to its workers.

In August, 2001, a bomb went off at Green Valley Foundation managed by the NDF leaders. The police officers who initially investigated the case vowed that it was an experiment in exploding bomb with a remote control device.

Later, all the accused in the case were acquitted. The NDF was also charged with imparting weapon training to its cadres. A group of NDF workers were caught while they were allegedly practising the use of weapons at a college ground in Palakkad.

Government introduced some restrictions for Karate training centres in the state following the suspicion that these centres were being used for weapon training.

M T Muhammad Ashraf, one of the accused in the Coimbatore blast case, had confessed to the police that there was firing range in Kozhikode where the cadres were trained.

Imam Ali, the dreaded terrorist who was killed by the Bangalore police, had given training in bomb making for some SIMI workers at a hideout in Malappuram.

There are also centres where the new recruits are indoctrinated. These organisations often function under the guise of centres for personality development courses, career guidance and religious teaching.

The Islamic extremists in the state find little propaganda material in the state as there were no incidents like the Gujarat riots here. The material they use are from other parts of the country which have been ripped through by communal riots.

The CDs used for indoctrination also contain the resistance movements in Palestine and Iraq.

Security agencies have noted that some Muslim extremists have infiltrated into trauma care training centres in Kerala.

They actively take part in the training for rescue and first aid. The actual intention hehind this is yet to be found out.

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