Madni lured Nazeer from Red Terror to Green Terror

published on December 2, 2009

Muslim youths fell for Nazeer’s fiery oratory

KOZHIKODE: Thadiyantavide Nazeer, the Lashkar-e-Toiba operative now in the custody of Indian security agencies, is a master orator who indoctrinated many a Muslim youth into the path of jehad.

Nazeer had won prizes for elocution while at school and was attracted to the captivating speeches of PDP chairman Abdul Nazar Madhani. A sympathiser of a left students union, Nazeer slowly drifted to extremism under the spell of his ‘ustad’, Madhani. In his classes, organised under the cover of Noorisha Tariqa, a Sunni order, Nazeer used to exhort his followers to take up arms against the Indian Government.

“Islam evolved through the battle of Badr, and it is time to wage another Badr,” he would tell the assembled youths.

“Islam is facing many threats in India and our brothers in Kashmir are being tortured. There is no point in agitating empty-handed; we’ve to learn using weapons and go for arms training,” Nazeer would urge them. And he would add, for good measure: “There will be divine assistance for those who fight for Islam”.

Nazeer alias Umer Haji, who had by then attained the stature of an ustad himself, used to tell his followers that the USA and communism were both enemies of Islam. Abdul Khader, now residing in Hyderabad, told the police that Nazeer and his friends used to tell the classes that BJP leaders  Narendra Modi and those behind the Babri Masjid demolition should be eliminated. Nazeer’s methods of indoctrination had a telling effect on the youths. Abdul Raheem, who was killed in Kashmir in an encounter, underwent a complete transformation under his influence; he once smashed the television set in his house, saying TV is against the tenets of Islam. Muhammd Sharief, a member of a sports club at Chettipadi, told the police that Rahim and his friends used to threaten them not to turn the TV on while they were holding their classes.

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