When the serial blasts took place the National Investigating Agency was on a very important job. They were studying the modus operandi and the re-grouping of the dreaded Indian Mujahideen which is the focus of the investigation today.
Indian Intelligence Bureau officials had been issuing warnings that there is a lot of activity in the modules of the Indian Mujahideen. After the arrests there were a lot of fringe elements of this group who had spread out across the country. Most of them had been in touch with their senior members who have fanned out into countries such as the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan.
However more important is that this outfit had been using various names to stage a come back. The IB says that the Bullet 313 is one such outfit while the other is the Jamat Ansarul Muslimeen. This is just another wing of the IM according to the IB and has been carrying out activities mainly in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and to a certain extent in Karnataka. This was styled very much on the lines of the Jammat-ud-Dawa/Lashkar-e-Tayiba combine, say officials. Investigators are now closely studying whether this front had any role to play in the recent serial blasts case. We are studying and investigating every possible angle to the case, an investigating officer said when asked about this new front of the IM.
What the IM was planning was to have a saner outfit covering for them so that the heat remained low. The IM basically never wanted the names of this group to come out in the limelight and wanted it to be a front to collect funds and also carry out recruitments on the sly.
However prior to these serial blasts, the NIA had gone deep into the network of the IM and it was at that time did the real picture of the JAM come to light. This front was active in the above mentioned states and activities were being carried out on a smaller scale. IM operatives realised that operating under the original name was deterring their activities and hence such a front had been launched. A major part of the IM did manage to regroup under this banner and to a large extent funds too were raised through this outfit.
The IM was looking for a major overhaul ever since its activities were curbed by the police forces across the country. The first thing they did in this direction was create a new name for their outfit and called it the Bullet 313 brigade. They then created JAM as a shadow organisation to throw the investigators off guard and to an extent it has worked out well for them if the police do manage to finally ascertain that the serial blasts was the handi work of the IM.
IB reports suggest that members of the JAM have been trying to active their network in other parts of the country and smaller modules for the IM had already been created in large parts of the country. A large part of this organisation includes old timers of the IM who have not been under the scrutiny of the police as yet. They have been throwing in newer members to carry forward their activities, an officer in the NIA said. However these men are under the direct control of the key IM operatives who are outside the country today and these include the likes of the Bhatkal brothers, Mohsin Chaudhary and Muddasir Yasin.
In the days to come there is bound to be a war between these terror groups and investigators since every time a case has been cracked a newer outfit emerges. This is a sort of a cat and mouse game says the IB who also add that the creation of the newer names are done with an intention of creating a diversion. However what has been ascertained that it would be the IM which would form the major threat to internal security and this would be the face of home grown Jihad. Newer outfits and names would emerge from the IM which would continue to be the feeder outfit for all new ventures in the future.
Security agencies also say that the very crucial IM operatives continue to be out of the radar and nabbing them becomes extremely crucial at the moment. Post these serial blasts the names that the police have put out are:
Iqbal Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal,, Ahmed Yasin, Mudassir Yasin alias Saif , Mujeeb, Alamzeb Afridi, Manzar Imamuddin Khan, Azhar, Yusuf, Sabir, Mohammad Shabir, Shafiq, Hussain Farhan, Samir Salim Khan, Wasim, Ariz Khan alias Junaid, Mirza Shahdab Baig, Sajid Bada, Shahnawaz Alam, Asadullah Akhtar, Abdus Subhan, Farhan and Mohsin Chaudhary. All these men have been abscoding since the heat on the IM had been turned on by the police across the country.