Financial wing of the Indian Mujahideen on verge of closure?

The Delhi police is close to cracking the financial code of the Indian Mujahideen. The arrest of Mohammad Tariq Anwar is likely to give the police more details on how the Indian Mujahideen is managing its finances.
Anwar who hails from Bihar is said to be a key financial planner for the IM and is reportedly close to Yasin Bhatkal who has been termed as the mastermind of the various attacks that have rocked India. An engineer by profession, Anwar was earlier involved in a fake currency case dating back to the year 2003. He is said to have come in touch with the Bhatkal brothers way back in the year 2003 when he had gone to the coastal town of Bhatkal in Karnataka. It was at this point in time that the IM was being planned following a ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India. The IM was looking for men who could carry out their financial activities and Anwar was one of the men chosen.
At first he helped with the recruitment process and later moved on to taking over the charge of finances which were used for subversive activities. He actively coordinated with several youth to circulate fake currency at first. However during the later years, he only over looked the finances which came both through donations and also the circulation of fake currency.
The police believe that the arrest of Anwar has brought them a step closer towards cracking the financial code. This is something that has always foxed investigators. They knew the manner in which the money was being raised, but were unable to find out how these persons moved around money which were eventually used for blasts. However police officials say that the money that has been generated is used more for recruitments and training. The actual blasts is a cheaper affair and the costing could estimate anywhere between Rs 20000 and Rs 50000.
However over the years the IM has been falling short of youth as it is said that the ideology trick has not been working. They have been using a lot of persons who are in no way connected to the ideology that they have been propagating and this meant that they needed to pay off a lot of money in order to carry out an operation. This is probably one of the reasons why the IM managed to carry out a series of blasts and even got away with it. They had at their disposal migrant labour who went about the job and this meant that the IM had to spent a lot of money as it was not possible to draw such men ideologically into their fold.
Today the police have in their custody, Mohammad Shameer in Bangalore, Anwar and also Vazirchand Pathreja both who are in the custody of the Delhi police. Sources say that all the three men had a fair idea of the financial module of the IM. They have relied more on generating funds through marketing fake currency and also raising funds through donations.
Preliminary investigations have shown that a great deal of the money has come in through donations from the Gulf. Most of the youth have links with modules in the Gulf and they have managed to easily raise money for their operations. All the money for the IM first lands into Kerala and then is wired through a hawala transaction. In this regarding they have found the interrogation of Shameer very useful as he runs an organization called the JIAM which has been at the fore front when it came to collecting the money at the first source. The money has then been transferred to places such as Delhi and then to Bihar and Azamgarh where the likes of Anwar has managed to collect it and distribute it accordingly.
Back down in the year 2008 when the police made its first spate of arrests, the focus was more on the technological wing of the Indian Mujahideen. Today it can be said that the group does not have that kind of technological expertise which it used to possess four year back. However today the focus is more on the financial wing and the Delhi police in particular has been chasing that wing of the IM. Sources say that there will be another round of arrests soon and the interrogation of the youth mentioned above has been giving them enough leads to make such arrests. We are keen on ensuring that their financial module is busted as this would be act as a great deterrent towards committing further crimes. The Delhi police however also add that they would not be jumping to any conclusions and also not get bogged down by the pressures as this time they would like to close the matter. We are trying to elicit more information about other operatives so that the arrests in the days to come would be systematic and would have closure.

Author: Vicky Nanjappa

just a reporter

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