New Delhi, Sep 11: Its been over two decades since the 9/11 attacks in the United States. The face of terror had changed and none had witnessed an attack deadlier than that.
While India had complained on several occasions about terror emanating from Pakistan, the US took it seriously only post the 9/11 attacks. The attacks in the United States that brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Centre even had an Indian connection to it.
During the investigations on several occasions, an Indian link to the deadly attack had cropped up. Officials tell OneIndia that the main link was regarding the funding. The spotlight on the Indian link to the attack came back when an Aftab Ansari, who was part of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen was brought back to India for his role in the abduction of a businessman and the attack on the American Centre in Kolkata.
New Delhi, Sep 11: It has been 19 years since the 9/11 attack. The attack is probably one of the worst in history and till date workers continue to identify nearly 1,100 victims of the hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Centre.
During the investigations on several occasions, an Indian link to the deadly attack had cropped up. Officials say that the main link was regarding the funding.
New Delhi, Nov 18: The Indian link to the 9/11 attacks has come up again with former Delhi police commissioner, Neeraj Kumar stating that part of the financing was done by operatives from Kolkata.
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.