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.