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30 terrorists still lurking in city

30 terrorists still lurking in city

Author: Deeptiman Tiwary
Publication: Mumbai Mirror
Date: September 28, 2008
URL: http://www.mumbaimirror.com/net/mmpaper.aspx?Page=article&sectid=2&contentid=2008092820080928041817590f1381896

Introduction: Crime Branch says Indian Mujahideen founder member Sadiq has trained 30 young men who are lying low in Mumbai, waiting to strike

There may still be about 30 potential terrorists lurking in and around the city waiting to strike.

This chilling fact cropped up during interrogation of Mohammed Sadiq Sheikh, alleged mastermind of about 11 blasts since 2005, including those in Ahmedabad and Delhi. The Mumbai crime branch is now trying to trace these men.

According to the crime branch, Sadiq revealed that before being arrested he recruited 30 young Muslim men in the Indian Mujahideen. These men have been imparted training, and are lying low and latent in and around the city.

Crime branch chief Rakesh Maria said, "Sadiq has trained about 30 young recruits. They have been drawn both from Mumbai and Azamgarh, and other places as well. We are trying to trace these men who could be in and around the city."

Among the five men arrested by the crime branch recently, Sadiq is said to be Indian Mujahideen's founder member and is responsible for recruitments. The police say those recruited by Sadiq are in the 20-30 age group, in keeping with Indian Mujahideen's tradition of recruiting only young men.

The revelation has now heightened the threat for Mumbai, even as the city was already on high alert following an email threat by Indian Mujahideen that Mumbai was their next target.

It is probably for this reason that the police, despite busting an Indian Mujahideen module, are not ruling out an attack.

Maria said, "There are still many men out there so a threat to the city cannot be ruled out."

Also, with Roshan Khan, alias Riyaz Bhatkal, alleged founder of the Indian Mujahideen at large, the possibility of the recruits striking is quite strong, say the police.

A crime branch officer said, "Riyaz was the one who arranged for finances and explosives and also gave instructions about terror attacks in consultation with Sadiq. It is possible these men are still in touch with Riyaz and that is a cause for concern."


Meanwhile, the crime branch has learnt during investigations that Afzal Usmani, accused of having stolen the four cars used for the Ahmedabad blasts, had stolen a Maruti Zen car from Kapurbawdi area of Thane and used it to search for the cars needed for the Ahmedabad blasts.

Afzal had been given a contract by Riyaz Bhatkal to find four cars fitted with CNG to be used in Ahmedabad.

For the purpose, Afzal first stole a car from Kapurbawdi and used it to find suitable cars that could be stolen. Afzal has been booked for the Kapurbawdi car theft as well.

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