Mastermind Indian Mujahideen of Narendra Modi’s Patna rally blasts arrested

The mastermind of October 27 serial blasts at the BJP PM nominee Narendra Modi’s Patna rally has been arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell. Indian Mujahideen bomb-making expert Tehsin Akhtar,22, who was part of the terror outfit’s plan to create mayhem in India during the coming Lok Sabha polls, belongs to Maniyarpur village of Bihar’s Samastipur district and has been fugitive since 2011.

Tehsin alias Monu was also involved in the 2010 bombing at Varanasi’s Sheetla Ghat during the evening ‘aarti’, the cooker bomb blast outside Jama Masjid in Delhi the same year, the 2011 serial blasts in Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House and Dadar West – as well as the 2012 low-intensity blasts in Pune, the twin bombings in Hyderabad in 2013 and the Bodh Gaya blasts in 2013.

All these terror attacks left a total of 43 dead and 253 injured.

Following the Intelligence Bureau (IB) alert, the Delhi Police’s Special Cell arrested Waqas, a Pakistani national, and his associates Mohammad Mahruf, 21, Mohammad Tasleem Raza, and Shaquib Ansari, 25, from different locations in Jaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan Friday and Saturday.

The Delhi Police announced the arrests Sunday.

Police had also recovered explosive materials, detonators, and electronic circuits/timers from the possession of the terrorists.

Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) S.N. Srivastava said that Tehsin was the IM operative who received Waqas at Kathmandu airport in the first week of September in 2010 and took him to Delhi for the Jama Masjid bomb attack.

Sources said Tehsin has been acting upon the directions of the absconding top IM operative Riyaz Bhatkal, who is involved in several cases of terror attacks in India.

“Tehsin stayed in India for a few months and was planning terror attacks during Lok Sabha polls after receiving lakhs of rupees in hawala transactions,” said a source.

Tehsin had fled home in 2011. His uncle Taqi Akhtar, who is a state JD(U) leader, had said that he had no relation with the family of his brother after partition of their property almost three years ago.

Tehsin, who is believed to have taken command of IM after its co-founder Yasin Bhatkal was caught, is considered the ‘mastermind’ of the serial blasts at the Modi’s Patna rally on October 27 last year as well at the Buddhist shrine at Bodh Gaya earlier in July.

In the aftermath of Patna blasts, many IM activists from Bihar and Jharkhand were arrested but Tehsin remained at large.

In January this year, a joint team of the NIA and Bihar Police had executed the order of the Patna court to attach his property after the deadline to surrender expired. The property was attached in the presence of his father Wasim Akhtar and other family members.



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Haven’t given Shashi Tharoor clean chit: Delhi top cop

NEW DELHI: Union minister Shashi Tharoor has not been given a clean chit by Delhi Police yet in the mysterious death of his wife, Sunanda Pushkar. Breaking his two-month silence on the case, police commissioner B S Bassi said on Monday that evidence was still being examined and all angles being probed.

“The question doesn’t arise as the probe is on. Let the investigation get over,” said Bassi, on being asked if Tharoor was above suspicion.

The briefing came in the wake of TOI’s report that apart from ruling out poisoning, Sunanda’s viscera report also stated that no trace of the anti-anxiety drug, Alprax, was found in her stomach. This contradicts the autopsy report which had categorically mentioned drug poisoning as the cause of death and found presence of Alprax.

Besides, empty strips of Alprax were found from suit number 345 in Leela Palace Hotel, where she was found dead on January 17 this year.

The commissioner said, as of now, the department will not register any FIR as there was no reason to do so. “From the circumstantial evidence collected so far and from the statement of witnesses, there is no reason for us to proceed in any other direction. Therefore, we are carrying on our inquiries under Section 174 of CrPC,” Bassi said.

The viscera report comes as a jolt to investigators who were banking on it to get some clarity on the nature of the poison and its quantity. But CFSL’s report has complicated matters further.

Investigators are waiting for opinion from AIIMS doctors who had carried out the autopsy, hoping that they would shed some light on the cause of the 52-year-old’s death by interpreting the viscera report. Investigators may also seek a re-examination of the viscera, a source said.

The sub-divisional magistrate, who had inquired into the matter, has been informed about the report. The magistrate had directed the Delhi Police directing to investigate if Sunanda had killed herself or had been murdered.

The autopsy report had said the death was “sudden and unnatural” and was caused by poisoning. The SDM’s report to the police also contained the statements of Shashi Tharoor, his father, brother-in-law, step-son, helps and his personal secretary. None of Sunanda’s family members have said they suspect foul play in her death.

Cops are also looking into the injury aspect of the autopsy report which found over a dozen injury marks on Sunanda’s hands and an abrasion on her cheek which suggests a “use of blunt force”, besides a “deep teeth bite” on the edge of her left palm.

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LS polls: Salman Khurshid booked for violation of poll code

Union minister Salman Khurshid has been booked for alleged violation of Model Code of Conduct in his parliamentary constituency in Farrukhabad, police said.

The FIR was registered on Sunday night against Khurshid and his two supporters after a vehicle, loaded with solar lights and some other material purportedly meant for distribution among villagers was caught.

According to Kumpal Police Station in-charge K V Singh, a tractor carrying solar lights, poles and other material was seized on Sunday night by the police near Baura village.

During questioning, driver of the vehicle told the police that he had brought the equipment from the cold storage of Khurshid, who is also Congress candidate from the seat, police claimed.
A case was lodged against Khurshid and his two supporters Jaan Mohammad and Bablu.

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Maharashtra ATS to question Waqas in 7/11 blast case

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra ATS will send a team to Delhi to inquire arrested Indian Mujahideen operative, Waqas, about July 13, 2011 triple blasts case. Three bombs exploded at Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House and Dadar in which several people were died.

“We would be sending team to interrogate him and subsequently we will seek his custody.” said Niket Kaushik, IG, ATS.

Waqas along with an accomplice, Tabrez, had planted two explosive laden scooters at Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House. They had stolen the scooters few days before the blasts. Waqas had planned the explosives in the scooters at Byculla just 20 minutes before the blasts.

They parked first scooter at Khau Gali in Zaveri Bazaar and second outside of Panchratna building Opera House to target businessmen from a specific community. The bomb exploded at 6.54pm and 6.55pm respectively.

Their mentor, Yasin Bhatkal, had planted explosive at Dadar.

After planting the explosives, Waqas, and Tabrez returned to their rented accommodation at Byculla where they lived for few days. Afterwards they shifted to Goa on instruction of IM chief Riyaz Bhatkal.

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CIA tips off Delhi police about Indian Mujahideen


New Delhi, Feb 27: The CIA has tipped off Delhi Police about the presence of a “wanted terrorist” of Indian Mujahideen (IM) in Bihar or Kerala who could be arrested soon, a local court has been informed.
Delhi Police has also sought 15 more days time to complete its probe against IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his close aide Asadullah Akhtar in the 2010 Jama Masjid terror attack case.
The special cell of Delhi Police has moved a plea before Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash in which it said it has received an input from Central Intelligence Agency according to which an absconding IM terrorist in the case is “moving in the areas of eastern Bihar and south Kerala”.
“Recently, an input has been received from CIA that a wanted terrorist in this case is moving in areas of eastern Bihar and south Kerala, therefore teams have been dispatched and are camping in these areas to develop further information.
“A breakthrough is likely in a short period of time. With the arrest of this wanted terrorist, the missing links in the conspiracy are likely to be established which requires that period of investigation and judicial custody of these accused persons be extended,” the special cell said.
Seeking court’s permission to extend the period of ongoing investigation by 15 more days, the special cell said they were collecting more evidence against Bhatkal, Akhtar and other absconding accused in the case and it was taking time as network of IM spreads over many states in India.
“The evidence collected so far has consumed the stipulated period of 90 days from the date of arrest of both the accused persons mentioned above i.E. November 26, 2013 for concluding the investigation,” it said, adding, “it is requested that 15 more days may kindly be granted to the investigating agency.”
The court has allowed the plea filed by the police. According to police, on September 19, 2010, two bikers had fired upon tourists at the gate of Jama Masjid in here and two Taiwanese, Ku-Ze-Wei and Ko-chiange, sustained bullet injuries whereas a bomb was fitted in a car parked in the area.

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Akshardham temple, Pune cantonment were on IM’s radar: NIA

TNN | Feb 25, 2014, 05.33 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Delhi’s Akshardham temple and Pune’s cantonment area were on top of Indian Mujahideen’s (IM) list of places to be targeted, the NIA has said in its charge-sheet against IM’s India operations chief Yasin Bhatkal and his three aides. According to data retrieved from the laptops recovered from Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar, IM members were carrying out reconnaissance of these places, the charge-sheet said.

“The files named as… are the photographs of Khirkee area in Pune (Army cantonment) which was sent by Riyaz Bhatkal to accused Asadullah Akhtar through internet in order to carry out a reconnaissance during the month of January/February 2012 while Waqas and he were staying in the hideout located at Loni, near Loni Medical college in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra,” the NIA said.

It further said, “Files named as… are the photographs of Akshardham temple in Delhi. Investigation revealed that accused Md Ahmed Siddibapa (Yasin Bhatkal) went there for the purpose of recce. This established the design of the accused persons for conducting future attacks.”

NIA also said that according to data saved in the laptops, there were “details about the different modules of guerrilla warfare and various types of explosives”.

“The possession of this document with the accused persons clearly establishes the nefarious designs to carry terrorist attacks in order to wage war against the government of India,” the probe agency said.

The charge-sheet was filed before a court here which took cognizance of the NIA’s final report on Monday and posted the matter for further hearing on March 7.

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Kolkata a hub for Indian Mujahideen’s terror activities: NIA

Dwaipayan Ghosh, TNN | Feb 28, 2014, 01.59AM IST

KOLKATA: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has revealed that Kolkata has been an important hub for the activities of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM). Days after the Indian operations head Yasin Bhatkal’s role in the city was exposed, NIA claims to possess a confession from his trusted man Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi.

In his confession, Haddi has said that the American Center attack and the kidnapping of Khadim’s boss in Kolkata were part of a bigger plan. Haddi admitted before a magistrate in Miyapur, Andhra Pradesh, that in 1999-2000, Aftab Ansari started the IM (called Asif’s Commando Force then) with Asif Rezza Khan, a resident of Kolkata, who died in an encounter in 2002. Haddi also said that his people attacked the American Center in Kolkata in 2002.

Haddi added that he got arms training and learnt how to make explosives at a training camp conducted by Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). He also admitted his role in various blasts, including the 2013 Dilsukhnagar blasts in Hyderabad. This confession is an important element of the chargesheet filed by the NIA in a Delhi court.

“Haddi and Bhatkal had revealed that the ‘Bihar module’ was the first thing to come up under the leadership of Yasin Bhatkal and Mohammad Tariq Anjum Hasan. Kolkata acted as a base for this module. However, since this module was more ideologically inclined, other modules in Pune, Beed in Maharashtra and Azamgarh in UP, were in charge of executing terror attacks across the country till 2008. It was only when these modules were either eliminated or busted, that the IM fell back on its recruits from Samitipur-Darbhanga and Nalanda,” a top source said.

“By 2003, Aamir Rezza Khan, Asif’s brother and the brain behind the American Center attack in Kolkata, got his entire group ready. Aamir knew that part of the money earned by kidnapping Khadim’s owner Partha Roy Burman had to be delivered to a 26/11 bomber Mohammad Atta in a European country. Aamir had floated the idea of IM and wanted dedicated cadres. The six founder members of IM were Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Aamir Rezza Khan, Tariq and Fasih Mohammad. Fasih was in charge of the group’s accounts. Tariq told his interrogators that Fasih was a major fund raiser from the Middle East and was part of the core team that used to be informed prior to the strikes,” Haddi told the NIA.

“The Babri Masjid demolition and atrocities on Muslims hurt me much more and that is why I wanted to join the Indian Mujahideen (sic),” he said. “…Accordingly, I joined the IM in order to protect the rights of Muslims, as we are powerless,” Haddi said in his confession.

Haddi, who was arrested in August 2013 near the Indo-Nepal border, is accused of various terror strikes in India.

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