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According to highly-placed police sources, Belgaum city is a ‘sleeping cell’ for Islamic terrorists in Karnataka, Maharashtra and other states.A top officer who spoke with The New Indian Express from New Delhi said that Islamic terrorists feel that Belgaum is the safest haven to chalk out their activities to destabilise the government machinery in several other states.
“These terrorists come to Belgaum to hide, and after a few days, they move on,” he said.The Union Home Ministry is aware of these developments, and it cannot be ruled out that a few leaders are also ‘helping’ these fundamentalists, he said. Help may be in the form of money or organising their discourses in the district, he added.
The locals often do not know that they belong to banned organisations like SIMI or Deenadar.”In the coming days, the city may become a safe hide-out for terrorists,” the officer said.The Union Home Ministry also knows that some people in certain areas of city have ‘connections’ with the terrorists. Because of lack of evidence, the police are unable to book them, he said.The Home Ministry agrees that SIMI activists are more active in districts like Bijapur, Gulburga and Bangalore. Though their numbers are small in Belgaum, they are slowly inducting the youths, the report warns.
Meanwhile the Express contacted IGP (North), Raghavendra Auradkar, who said that the police are keeping a strict vigil on all foreign students in Belgaum on student visas.The police will visit colleges and check the attendance of foreign students, he said. Auradkar said that the police are also keeping a watch on the deep jungles located around Belgaum as there were possibilities of holding terrorist educative camps there.As Belgaum is surrounded by three states – Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa, terrorists believe that it is the safest place to hide. terrorists.