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Oct 11, 2008

Jehadi messages threatening Kashmiri Pandits in Pune...

Jehadi messages in Kondhwa surprises cops
Aimed at Pandit families in Kondhwa
Gitesh Shelke

A few threats scribbled in Urdu on the walls of three housing societies in Kondhwa took the Pune city police and intelligence agencies by surprise on Thursday. The Kondhwa police and top intelligence officials undertook investigations even as a team of 50 policemen were pressed into bandobast duty.

The threats referred to the Kashmir issue and jehadi movement in India and were directed against some Kashmiri Pandit families residing at Kondhwa. The Kondhwa police suspects that the miscreants may be affiliated to Student Islamic Movement of India (Simi) and the act was done to create panic among the local residents. Senior police officials said that the messages, aimed at creating panic, were scribbled in the verandah and staircase of a few buildings on NIBM Road.

The miscreants appear to be locals and had scribbled jehadi words on the walls. No one knows who came to these buildings and when this mischief was done, an officer said. Assistant commissioner of police Ramesh Biwal told DNA that the police have started investigations but no case has been filed.

We have provided security to these families and are checking the registers of these buildings to check who made an entry or exit on Thursday, he said.

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