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Indian Home-Grown Militants Eye Common Wealth Games For Attacks

February 5, 2010


Farzana Shah | Asian Tribune

ISLAMABAD – The athletes face a risk of terrorist attacks during the October 3 to 14 Common Wealth Games in India.

According to sources the Hindu fundamentalist organizations are planning to disrupt the games to show the Congress government in a bad light as well as take revenge for attacks on Indians in Australia coupled with creating communal riots for political point scoring.

There are reports of possible attacks at the venues of different events at the game. The hotels where the players would be accommodated are said to at a greater risk.

The reports reaching here from India and Nepal suggest that hardline Hindu organisations are joining hands with former LTTE members to sabotage the games. There is already resentment in South India about defeat of LTTE in Sri Lanka and weak stance of Congress government in condemning the military action by Sri Lankans.

The plane is said to be more appealing for the Hindu fundamentalist organisations because, the blame for any terrorist attack in India mostly put on Indian Muslims, Pakistan and Bangladeshi Muslims.

The games are going to be attended by almost 7000 athletes, 30 heads of state and about 100,000 visitors, for which the security arrangements will remain to be the biggest challenge for India.

The level of possible attacks at the games runs higher specially in the wake of recent threats by one of the fundamentalist Hindu organizations, Shiv Sena against Australian players as well as Pakistani Cricket players.

Two Bollywood actresses who co-own IPL teams have claimed they were threatened into snubbing Pakistani cricketers in the IPL auction, while an explosive report has blamed the threats as coming from Indian hardline group Shiv Sena, which recently issued warnings against Australian players.

Film stars Shilpa Shetty and Preity Zinta have said that threats were made against them and any Pakistan player who participated in this season’s IPL.

Preity Zinta, co-owner of Kings XI Punjab, reportedly told an Indian-language TV channel: “We would have loved to have the T20 world champions in our teams to bring real joy to the extravaganza but what can we do if we have certain threats about not (only) our own safety but the safety of the Pakistani players too, with no official quarter assuring us of foolproof security of players during the tournament?”

When Asian Tribune contacted a member of one of the hardline Hindu organisations for comments on the reports of possible attacks during Common Wealth games, he said there were too many separatist movements going on in India and anyone can take advantage of the event.

There are said to be over two dozens insurgencies going on in India specially in its Northeast.

The Indian outgoing National Security Adviser M. K. Narayanan acknowledged that there are 800 home-grown terrorist cells active in India and are capable of carrying out terrorist attacks in the country.

The Indian prime minister is on record saying Naxals, Maoists pose greater threat to India.

Recently the Indian media quoted Indian intelligence agencies claiming that Naxals have set up IED and weapons including mortar shells and rocket launchers manufacturing factories.

The Maoists for the first time used rocket launchers during Lok Sabha polls last years in India and this aspect itself pose a greater risk of indirect attacks on the venues of the game despite strict physical checks and other security clearances of the spectators during the games.
The media reports also suggest that Indian ex-armymen and ex-policemen are helping the Maoists in preparing training modules as the separatists are said to be undergone military training similar to that of security men.

In such a scenario the possibility of beating up the security apparatus by well-trained militants can not be ruled out.

Different ethnic and linguistic groups are also creating tension in the country which has also engulfed the sports.

Recently Telangana activists (supporters of separate status for Telangana state) threaten to obstruct Indian Premier League (cricket) matches.

Earlier, the Indian Premier League governing body decided to move out the opening match from Hyderabad and shift it to Mumbai amidst unrest in Andhra Pradesh over the Telangana issue. The protesters earlier disrupted a Twenty20 tournament in Hyderabad on January 21.

The head of the Hindu organisation Shiv Sena and Rahul Gandhi are being reported to have been exchanging harsh statements about the issue of North and South Indians and linguistic issues, for the last few days. Earlier too over linguistic issues there had been violence in the country.

In August, Britain withdrew from the World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad because of a perceived threat. In April, Australia’s Davis Cup team pulled out of the Chennai event for similar reasons.

In December last year British press speculated that England may pull out on security concerns. However, the speculations were denied by British officials but it was reported that England will likely to involve Scotland Yard to protect the British contingent of 1500 athletes and officials.

This seems to be a precautionary measure but what about the safety of players from other countries?

Is every country going to bring own team of security personnel?

Though the Indian government and organizers of the games have assured security to the participating players and officials, however, security experts are cautious about the situation.

Recently the paper “The Australian” quoted Scott Stewart, vice-president of tactical intelligence with US-based security analysis agency Stratfor as saying “The problem is the sheer number of militant actors running around India today that could carry out a terrorist attack. You can lock down a stadium but you have crowds trying to get in. That crowd will be incredibly vulnerable to an attack before they get through security.”

“I will say the likelihood is very high that India will face attacks. It’s not a matter of if; it’s going to be a matter of when and where,”Scott was quoted further.

The same paper also quoted Australian security expert Clive Williams saying “India long had a poor track record in the areas of security intelligence, command and control, and counter-terrorism response” and the biggest security concern will be “India’s own willingness to accept and act on external advice”.

These statements and recent incidents of terrorism indeed indicate grave threat of attacks on foreign sportsmen in India from the Hindu fundamentalists. In the wake of such a great threat to lives of players it will by wise on the part of countries taking part in coming Common Wealth games to be very cautious. They have to either take their own security measures which indeed cant guarantee the safety of their players, or they have to withdraw, which again would be unfortunate.

A good step to save the lives of players/officials and to save the games would be to shift the Common Wealth Games to some neutral venue like UAE or any other country where security level is satisfactory.

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17 comments

  1. India is the new market for Terrorism, surely the corporations will cash the event and sell wars at a whole new level…


  2. @ Farzana Shah,
    The world recognizes that there is a big difference !

    The big difference is, there is no state support for terrorism in India.

    On the contrary, your Pakistani state is the sponsor of terrorists, trained and armed through the pak military and the ISI.


    • Neel@Your head is in the sand, pull it out!

      Indian support for terrorism has a long history. From the Mukhti Bani to the BLA, BRA and TTP. Indians were even found longside TTP fighting in Swat.

      In this regard Indian state is the biggest terrorist state in South Asia.

      As for the Pakistani Army and ISI: these are highly orifessional organizations and CIA and the Europeans are seeking their help and support. China is a all weather friend with whom we have many joint projects and West Asia is a huge support base for us. We also enjoy great understanding from East Asian countries too. Japan is a big invester in Pakistan and SE-Asia share our Islamic heritage and culture.

      As far as any training against India goes:
      thats the whole point! All our army, navy, air force and intelligencia is directed against a larger enemy who keep no stone unturned to hurt the people of The Indus Vally.

      But the best part is that people like Neel000 can only bark like dogs on our online forums as they know Pakistan has the power to destroy India many times over in an nuclear exchange.

      Neel000, you people dont have what it takes so just shut up and continue living your life on that part or the border.


      • @ Shah,
        Don’t you Pakistanis see how differently the world treats India and Pakistan…?

        Don’t you see where India will be a few decades from now, while you Pakistanis will eat grss without the Americans dollars and Pakistan will continue to be consumed in its own fire…. ?


      • “Indians were found alongside TTP”

        Tell a lie long enough and people believe it to be the truth. Where’s the evidence?

        P.S. Voices in your head is not evidence


      • Neel@time will show.

        Amused@on national TV. Pix of dead indians were also released online.


  3. @Neel

    the members of Hindu terrorist organization RSS have been arrested and killed while making bombs for planing to bomb own Hindus just to put blame it on Indian Muslims.

    wake up India has more dangerous Hindu terrorists.


    • @ Hussain Hidayat,
      There is not a single case of recovery of either AK-47s or RDX from these(so called) Hindu terrorist.

      100% of such cases involve Pak trained muslims only !


      • Oh really?

        Whinebag, what about Lt. Srikant Purohit of your Jai Jai Maata di Army who to this date is a harldine Hindutva activist, who planted RDX in Samjhauta Express?


    • We don’t need to wake up mate. We’re awake and doing our job properly. You need to get off the happy-juice and see reality


      • @amused

        Listen man, you might be an Indian but i am a higher caste than u – understand !

        The only migration i know off is when millions of pakistanis migrated out of India to pakistan…it has never gone the other way round.

        you sound like u had a dick in ur ass by a pakistani which is why u behave this way.

        i know u are jealous of me getting ahead of building a TOILET …but i promise you i will BUILD a VERY BIG TOILET one day ..you will see you cheap whore…

        Infact my whole house will be a toilet and i will invite everyone to shit but YOU!

        and i will shuv a shiva’s lingum up ur ass so that ur shit canal gets blocked

        fucking ur jealous of me taking a clean shit i will come to your slum and shit infront of it u wait and see

        toiletless bastard


  4. india will be attacked during commonwealth. but not by hindu fundamentalists. but by naxals, muhajudeen or ISI


    • @jeeves u mujray wala

      Listen man, you might be an Indian but i am a higher caste than u – understand !

      The only migration i know off is when millions of pakistanis migrated out of India to pakistan…it has never gone the other way round.

      you sound like u had a dick in ur ass by a pakistani which is why u behave this way.

      i know u are jealous of me getting ahead of building a TOILET …but i promise you i will BUILD a VERY BIG TOILET one day ..you will see you cheap whore…

      Infact my whole house will be a toilet and i will invite everyone to shit but YOU!

      and i will shuv a shiva’s lingum up ur ass so that ur shit canal gets blocked

      fucking ur jealous of me taking a clean shit i will come to your slum and shit infront of it u wait and see

      toiletless bastard


  5. farzana cannot write an article without grammatical errors even if her life depended on it. Just a lot of balloni!!


  6. @ask.jeeves

    So you also agree that Naxals can attack the common wealth games.

    This is the main point. there are many freedom movements going on in India. Naxals can attack the games and the Indians can not save the day.


    • every big country has its share of naxalites. for eg. chinese seperatist problems are much worse


      • Stop making silly excuses instead accept that millions of Indian’s want no part of being of the so-called Indian state!

        You can’t keep all these seperatist movements in check forever.Historically speaking 64 years is nothing considering Muslim’s ruled India for a thousand years and the Brits for 200!

        You’re on the brink and you know it!



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