New Delhi: Indian Mujahideen terrorist Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas has, in a startling disclosure to the intelligence agencies, revealed that Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence was working on an ambitious plan to disrupt the Lok Sabha elections by carrying out high intensity explosions, including using ‘human bombs’.
During custodial interrogation, Waqas further said that the ISI was specifically planning to target the Hindi heartland of UP, Bihar, Rajasthan and MP, mainly because the IM has a formidable network of sleeper cells in these states, which the ISI has now roped in.
Waqas, a resident of Pakistan, is considered an expert in assembling improvised explosive devices. He was to supply IEDs to different terror modules for explosions during the polls. Various terror modules, sources added, were specifically directed to target BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. In fact, a plan was finalised to target Mr Modi’s convoy when he went to file his nomination papers in Varanasi constituency.
The head of IM’s India operations, Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu, who managed to escape, was another major conspirator in this plan.
Investigators feel that with the smashing of this IM module, the ISI’s plans may have suffered a major setback. But the fact that Tehseen could escape has the security agencies worried.