The spotlight comes back to Aftab Ansari, a dreaded militant of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen who was brought to India from Delhi for his role in the abduction of a businessman and also an attack on the American centre in Kolkata.
Abdul Subhan the Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative arrested recently by the Delhi police has revealed that he was given instructions to draw up a list of RSS leaders. He tells the Delhi police during his interrogation that he had drawn up a list of 18 RSS leaders from Delhi and Nagpur and they were working on a plan on abducting them and demanding a huge ransom.
The Delhi police say that there is a lot of confusion regarding Abdul Subhan and many have mistaken him for the Indian Mujahideen tech chief, Abdus Subhan Qureshi. They are different people and the IM operative is still hiding in Karachi and has been making attempts to revive the Indian Mujahideen.
Subhan the Lashkar operative who was working for his handler Jawed Baluchi said that their first plan was to carry out a major attack in New Delhi on August 4th. We were aware that the security during Indepence Day would be extremely high and hence we decided to pre-pone the date of the attack, he also tells the police.
A call to the Alipore jail from Karachi last year is not something that can be taken lightly. After all the call was made by a person by the name Jawed Baluchi from Karachi to a key operative called Aftab Ansari.
Ansari’s call to Karachi and vice versa was revealed to the Delhi police by Abdul Subhan the Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative they arrested.
Ansari’s continued links to Karachi despite being in jail and the hatching of an abduction of a businessman along with Subhan is very similar to the Khadim Shoe baron kidnapping case. Roy Burman the vice chairman of Khadim shoes was abducted by a gang of five headed by Aftab Ansari. It was alleged that a part of the Rs 3.65 crore ransom that they had got was pumped into New York to help with the planning of the 9/11 attack. Ansari had to be deported from the UAE at the behest of the US after this link had come up.