On Tuesday, Centre declared 18 individuals as ‘terrorists’ under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The Union home ministry in a statement said that these 18 terrorists have been involved in several acts of terrorism across the border and have been relentless in their criminal efforts to destabilise India.
These include operatives and leaders of groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Indian Mujahideen (IM) and members of the Dawood Ibrahim gang.
“Reinforcing the commitment of strengthening national security and its policy of zero tolerance to terrorism, the Modi Government today has declared… eighteen more individuals as designated terrorists under the provisions of UAPA Act 1967 (as amended in 2019) and included their names in the Fourth Schedule of the said Act,” the MHA said in a statement.
Some of these terrorists have been a part of the major attacks the country has ever seen such 26/11 Mumbai attacks (2008), attack on the Akshardham Temple (2002), Parliament attack of 2001 and Mumbai blasts of 1993.
Notably, The Centre had amended UAPA, 1967, in August 2019 to include the provision of designating an individual as terrorist. Before this amendment, only organisations could be designated as terrorist outfits.
The list includes: Sajid Mir- also known as (Sajid Majeed, Ibrahim Shah, Wasi, Khali, Muhammad Waseem) who is Pakistan based top LeT Commander and was one of the main planners of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in 2008. Abdur Rehman Makki- also known as (Abdul Rehman Makki) is the brother-in-law of Hafiz Saeed- who is the co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and is listed on National Investigation Agency (NIA) most wanted list.
Yusuf Muzammil- also known as ( Ahmad Bhai, Yousuf Muzammil Butt, Hurreira Bhai , also referred to as Yousuf Muzammil Butt, is another Pakistan based Commander of LeT operations in Jammu & Kashmir and is also accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
Shahid Mehmood- also known as (Shahid Mehmood Rehmatullah) is the Pakistan based deputy chief of proscribed organization Falah-i-lnsaniyat Foundation (FIF), which is a part of the LeT. Farhatullah Ghori- also known as (Abu Sufiyan, Sardar Sahab, Faru) is Pakistan based terrorist and was involved in the attack on Akshardham Temple (2002) and Suicide attack on Task Force office in Hyderabad (2005).
Abdul Rauf Asghar- also known as (Mufti, Mufti Asghar, Saad baba, Maulana Mufti Rauf Asghar) Another Pakistan-based terrorist, Asghar has been involved in setting up of training camps in Pakistan for recruitment and militant training and key conspirator in the attack on Indian Parliament in 2001.
Syed Mohammad Yusuf Shah- most commonly known as Syed Salahudeen (also known as Peer Sahab, Buzurg)The biggest name in this list is of Syed Mohammad Yusuf Shah aka Syed Salahudeen- the supreme commander of the terror-outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) and chairman of the United Jihad Council. He is involved in fundraising and routing finances to India for the furtherance of terrorist activities by Hizb-ul-Mujahideen’s cadres.
Ghulam Nabi Khan- also known as (Amir Khan, Saifullah Khalid, Khalid Saifullah, Jawaad, Daand) Pakistan based Ghulam Nabi Khan is the deputy supreme of the Hizbul Mujahideen. Zaffar Hussain Bhat- also known as (Khursheed, Mohd. Zafar Khan, Moulvi, Khursheed Ibrahim) Being the deputy chief of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Zaffar Hussain Bhat handles financial affairs of the terror outfit. He is responsible for sending funds for operatives in the Kashmir Valley.
Riyaz Ismail Shahbandri- also known as (Shah Riyaz Ahmed, Riyaz Bhatkal, Md. Riyaz, Ahmed Bhai, Rasool Khan, Roshan Khan, Aziz) Founder member of terrorist organization Indian Mujahideen, Shahbandri has been involved in various bomb attacks in India including German Bakery (2010), Chinnaswami Stadium, Bangalore (2010), Jama Masjid (2010), Sheetlaghat (2010) and Mumbai (2011) etc.
Md. Iqbal- also known as (Shabandri Mohammed Iqbal, Iqbal Bhatkal) Iqbal is the co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen. He has been involved in terror financing and various serial blast attacks including Jaipur Serial Blasts (2008), Delhi Serial Blasts (2008), Serial Blasts of Ahmedabad and Surat (2008), German Bakery Blast, Pune of (2010) and Chinnaswami Stadium, Bengaluru Blasts (2010) etc.
Shaikh Shakeel- also known as Chhota Shakeel A close associate of Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel looks after all criminal and underworld operations of the D-Company and finances its operatives. He was involved in the smuggling of firearms to Gujarat, India, during the 1993 Bombay blast.
Mohammad Anis ShaikhPakistan-based terrorist, involved in Bombay Bomb Blast Case, 1993 and responsible for the supply of arms, ammunition and hand grenades.
Ibrahim Memon- also known as (Tiger Memon, Mushtaq, Sikander, Ibrahim Abdul Razak Memon, Mustafa, Ismail)Ibrahim Memon, alias Tiger Memon hatched the criminal conspiracy of the Bombay Bomb Blast Case, 1993.Javed Chikna-also known as (Javed Dawood Tailor) Chikna is another associate of Dawood Ibrahim and was involved in Bombay Bomb Blast case, 1993.