Maulana Nasiruddin, an Islamic cleric who had some ambitious plans was arrested in Hyderabad, India.
“Maulana has been associated with Jamaat-e-Islami, a moderate organisation since 1970. The notorious Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) is a student wing of the organisation and Maulana has been associated with it too,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) D.G. Vanzara told reporters.
“He has been associated with several other organisations and has connections spreading from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. He has confessed during interrogation that he was working on bringing a number of organisations under one banner to intensify ‘jihad’ for establishing a “Khilafat” or Islamic theocratic state in India,” Vanzara said.
He said the Maulana was also a great orator and motivated many youths to go to Pakistan for terrorist training.
“Maulana very proudly noted in the confession that Osama bin Laden was his role model,” Vanzara said. [India: ‘Arrested cleric conspired to build Islamic state’]