The National Investigation Agency has stepped up the heat on Indian Mujahideen operative Tahseen Akthar. The NIA which has an arrest warrant against him has been heavy on his trail since the recent Bangalore blasts.
A member of the Darabanga module in Bihar, Akthar considered to be a right hand man of Yasin Bhatkal was with the IM since the inception of the Darabanga module.
A source in the NIA told rediff.com that the questioning of various accused has given them plenty of information on Akthar. The NIA says that he is a missing link in the probe and stands in between cases being solved. Akthar who goes by the alias Monu is the best link to Yasin Bhatkal. He has not only been part of major attacks but has also been instrumental in setting up the Darabanga module, according to officials.
Akthar is part of the second generation Indian Mujahideen. He became active after the Batla House encounter. He came in contact with Yasin four years back. This was the time when the first generation IM cadre comprising Riyaz, Iqbal and Abdus Subhan went missing.
On the Bangalore blasts, NIA sources say they are studying the case. There is an IM stamp, but we are looking at multiple angles. We are also looking at the possibility of a smaller Kerala module to be behind this attack. We will continue to question suspects accross the country, NIA sources also pointed out.