Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian police have
stepped up vigil at two universities following reports that
some local and foreign students linked to terrorist groups
were using the campuses to recruit new members.
"Police are keeping tabs on students from other
universities linked to those identified or foreigners
allegedly involved with militant and terrorist groups," New
Straits Times online quoted Inspector-General of Police Musa
Hassan as saying.
The students, who are said to have been active in
spreading jihadist ideology in the past six months, are locals
and from the Middle East and Africa.
They used Malaysia as a base to garner support and
training before recruiting these students for overseas "work".
"Action will be taken if they (the foreigners) go
overboard," the police chief told the daily.
Police have also identified several foreigners in the
country who are recruiting students for these groups, the
10 foreigners had been deported in the last six months
for spreading their religious ideology to students around the
country, media reported yesterday.
Also yesterday, a top minister has said that foreign
militants are using Malaysia as their operational base and for
recruiting new activists.
Home minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that militant
groups, both Islamic and non-Islamic, were using Malaysia as
their operational base to step up their violent struggle.
He said these groups were also using the southeast
Asian country for their financial transactions and exchange of
information, besides recruiting people.
Deputy premier and Education minister Muhyiddin said
the government viewed the police chief`s statement seriously.
"We don`t want the matter to escalate into a problem
which can threaten national security," he said.
Mumbai: Senior Congress leader and former
Maharashtra Minister Narendra Tidke passed away here today
following a brief illness, his family said.
He was 91 and is survived by a son and daughter.
Uday Tidke, his son, told PTI that his father was
suffering from chest congestion and pneumonia and was admitted
to a private nursing home last week.
"He breathed his last at around 6 am," Uday said.
Tidke was President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress
Committee (MPCC) from 1972 to 1976.
He served under different Chief Ministers holding
portfolios like industries, labour and co-operation from 1961
Tidke was the Deputy Minister for Rural Development in
the first Maharashtra Cabinet headed by Y B Chavan in 1961.
Tidke and late Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao were
batchmates at the Nagpur Law College.
He represented Saoner and Ramtek, both in Vidarbha,
in the Legislative Assembly.