Prior to the explosions that took place at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad, there was another blast which went unnoticed. Around five kilometres from Abdullapurmet in Hayathnagar, Telangana, where Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal rented out a house, a blast was carried out at a hillock.
A trained operative who had mastered the art of dodging investigators, Yasin has been a nightmare for interrogators.
“He was a very fussy person who always demanded something in exchange for information,” says an officer from Bengaluru who had questioned him.
After convicting Yasin Bhatkal and others the court said that it would deliver its verdict on the quantum of the sentence on December 19.
Tehsin Akthar, the man who today heads the Indian Mujahideen and also the one who planned and executed the Patna blasts has been detained by the Special team of the Delhi police. Sources say that he wad detained on the Nepal border and his arrest would be made public shortly.
Tehsin’s nabbing comes barely a day after the Delhi police picked up Waqas Ahmed the Pakistani national in the IM from Ajmer. Tehsin was the man who headed the IM following the arrest of Yasin Bhatkal. He is a big catch for the agencies and the fact that he hails from Samastipur only gives the agencies a chance to get more information on the Bihar modules of the IM.
Who can forget the man sporting a french beard walking around at Zaveri Bazaar on that fateful night of 13/7. This was the 5 feet 11 inch tall Waqas Ahmed, the Pakistani Indian Mujahideen operative considered to be a genius bomb maker. He was one among the four arrested at Rajasthan by the Delhi police and his interrogation is expected to lead to several more clues ranging from the Pakistani connection to the Indian Mujahideen and also the future plans of the outfit.
Here are a few details of his interrogation so far and his answers in his own words:
The investigation into the Dilsukhnagar could be taken as a case study for the agencies handling all cases relating to terrorism. The two admissions- one by the government and another by an accused in the case would go on to display the pathetic state of affairs that exist while handling terrorism in India.
A report of the Home Ministry on the Hyderabad blasts case of February clearly admits to several lapses, the main being the lack of coordination between the various agencies before and after the attack. In this backdrop also comes the confession of one of the accused in the case, Syed Maqbool who clearly states that they were able to go about their job thanks to political patronage that they enjoyed.
The National Investigation Agency has its task cut out as with each blast that rocks the country, a new theory or a new module emerges. The chargesheet that the NIA recently filed paints a helpless picture as at the end of it the agency realises that the key men are still at large and appear to be operating with a lot of ease.
The NIA lists Yasin Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal, Mohsin Choudhary, Amir Reza Khan, Tahsin Akhtar, Dr. Shahnawaz Alam, Asadullah Akhtar, Ariz Khan, Md. Sajid, Md. Khalid and Mirza Shadab Beg as absconders. If one looks at the dossier on the Indian Mujahideen these are the men who have been controlling the outfit since the past many years.
An NIA official would tell rediff.com, “the overall imagery is nothing but pathetic and has made our job extremely difficult. It is with great difficulty that we finally managed to put out a sketch of one of the bombers. The final image was put out more thanks to eye witness accounts and the reliance on the CCTV footage was minimal.” Continue reading “Bodhgaya- It is clear that nothing is clear”
An argument has already commenced over the nature of the alert issued in terms of the Bodhgaya attack today. However here is a press release which was issued by the Delhi police which speaks about the attack.
The Special Cell, Delhi Police had busted an Indian Mujahideen Module with the arrest of four persons, namely, Asad Khan (aged 33 years) r/o Tawakkal Nagar, Naigaon, Distt. Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Imran Khan (aged 31 years) r/o Peer, Bhurahan Nagar near Masjid-e-Saalehind, Nanded, Maharashtra, Sayed Feroz @ Hamza (aged 38 years) r/o Shukarwarpath, Pune, Maharashtra and Landge Irfan Mustafa (aged 30 years) s/o Landge Mustafa Usman r/o Raj Nagar Dargah, Darya Road, Mukund Nagar, Ahmed Nagar, Maharashtra and explosives, detonators and other incriminating material had been recovered. With their arrest the serial blasts of 1st August, 2012 were worked out.
Details that have emerged from the forensic sciences laboratory show that the bomb that exploded in Bangalore three days back contained Ammonium Nitrate, Sharpnel and a timer. The police had sent the samples for forensic testing and these are the findings as per the report.