New kid on the terror block, Base Moment, had warned Karnataka of terror activities before Mysuru blast

New kid on the terror block, Base Moment, had warned Karnataka of terror activities before Mysuru blast

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-09-12 12:24 Bengaluru: Base Moment, the new al-Qaeda franchise in India, that debuted with an explosion in the Mysuru city court complex last month, had sent a written warning to the Karnataka, threatening to launch terror activities in the state, six months it set off  blastbefore the Mysuru court blast.Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs told bfirst.in that on January 23, this year, Base Moment, the Indian arm of al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) had communicated to the Additional Chief Secretary D N Narasimha Raju, warning of stating its deadly intent.An inquiry was conducted by the state Intelligence and the Bengaluru police, but no evidence was found regarding the sender of the message and the time.However, the police zeroed in the place from where the letter was posted. It was Ukkadam, a busy market place in Kerala. The place is 12 km away from Coimbatore, sources added.Base Moment had sent similar warning to authorities after the bomb blasts at the court complexes of Chittoor  in Andhra Pradesh on April 7 and Kollam in Kerala on June 15 this year, it is learnt.But the terror group posted letter before the Mysuru court blast and it was an alarming letter, said an officer. On August 1, a bomb planted by them in the toilets of the Mysuru city courts complex exploded, injuring two persons and damaging the window panes of the toilet complex.Base Moment had sent letters to the officers concerned in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala after the blasts. However, the sources said that Karnataka received no such letter. But now, it is revealed that Base Moment had alerted the government by sending a letter to the Additional Chief Secretary eight months earlier. Sources added that Ansar Shah Qasmi, who was allegedly the member of AQIS, a resident of Tilakanagar, Bengaluru, was arrested by Delhi Special Branch police on June 1st this year. Base Moment was operating in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala through Qasmi, he said. Qasmi was a native of Uttar Pradesh, but settled in Bengaluru, and looked after Base Moment activities.