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ISI created Indian Mujahideen to spread terror in India: Anti-terrorism squad

Author: Mateen Hafeez
Publication: The Times of India
Date: June 2, 2012
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ISI-created-Indian-Mujahideen-to-spread-terror-in-India-Anti-terrorism-squad/articleshow/13714739.cms

The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) has, for the first time, said that Indian Mujahideen (IM) is a creation of Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI). This was mentioned in the 13/7 triple blasts chargesheet. This is the first time that any police agency in the country has openly said that IM has been created by the ISI.

 Several police agencies had earlier said that IM was a splinter faction of the Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which was banned in 2001. The IM was banned on June 2, 2010.

 In its 4,478-page chargesheet against the four arrested accused filed before a special MCOCA court on May 25, the ATS said, "The IM has been expressly created by (the) ISI of Pakistan ostensibly to spread terror in this country through Indian front outfits."

 In 2008, the then Gujarat DGP, P C Pande, said that IM was a splinter faction of SIMI. He had made this declaration during a media briefing after the arrest of around half-a-dozen suspected IM members in connection with the serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad.

 According to the ATS's chargesheet, the IM is currently headed by the Bhatkal brothers, Riyaz and Iqbal, who are at present holed up in Pakistan and are involved in bomb blasts in Maharashtra and other states. "Iqbal and Riyaz operate from Pakistan with the help of their India-based associates," the chargesheet states. "The triple blasts at three prime business locations in Mumbai were planned and executed by the members of IM. The sequential character of explosion indicates a meticulously planned attack to strike terror in the minds of the people of India, weaken the country economically and cause widespread damage to human life and property," states the chargesheet.

The ATS arrested four persons for last year's serial blasts on July 13 that left 27 dead and 127 injured. "The blasts were designed and executed by the Bhatkal brothers who would contact their protege Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh alias Shivanand alias Imran. Yasin is the Indian head of IM's operations. He had received Rs 10 lakh through hawala channels to execute the blasts and had ordered the transportation of the explosives used for the blasts," the chargesheet states.
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