Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Forward bloc denies link with Imam

[Picture from Cybernoon]
Maulana Ghulam Hussain Yahya, an Imam from Mumbai has been arrested for alleged links with the Lashkar-E-Toiba (see 1 , 2 and 3 ). Mr. Yahya is in the dock for sheltering terrorists and delivering huge amounts of money to them.

It turns out that Yahya is very close to Kamaluddin Shams, a former minister and a senior leader of Forward Bloc (a constituent of the Communist led Left Front in Bengal). His brother, Ilyas Ahmed, is also a minor leader in the party.

Forward Bloc is trying to shield itself from the fallout -- Iliyas Ahmed has been issued a show cause notice for mentioning Yahya's close relationship with Shams to the media. It appears that Shams had issued a character certificate to the Maulana. It is not the first time that senior leaders of the Left Front have been linked with criminals.



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