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Indian Mujahideen is funded, managed by Pakistan's ISI, claims Bhatkal

Author: Arunima, Manoj Gupta, CNN-IBN
Publication: IBNLive.com
Date: September 12, 2013
URL: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/indian-mujahideen-is-funded-managed-by-pakistans-isi-claims-bhatkal/421532-3.html

Terror group Indian Mujahideen is fully funded and managed by Pakistani intelligence agency the ISI, reveals the interrogation of terror suspect Muhammad Ahmad Zarar Siddibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal. CNN-IBN has accessed key details of Yasin Bhatkal's interrogation report in which he has also admitted to involvement in 10 terror attacks in India since 2007. Yasin Bhatkal also told the investigators the ISI created Indian Mujahideen to give the impression of home grown terror in India. The move also helped the ISI to hide its own footprints on terror strikes in India. The investigators found 70 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and raw material from Mangalore hideout after Yasin Bhatkal's disclosures. According to the officials say 2011 Mumbai serial blasts suspects escaped just a few hours before a raid on their Mangalore hideout.

Yasin Bhatkal's interrogation report also suggests that Indian Mujahideen's operations are much larger than initial estimates. He is suspected to have been involved in the 2007 Hyderabad blasts, 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts, 2011 Pune's German Bakery blast and the Dilsukhnagar blasts in Hyderabad again in 2013. He also made a shocking revelation saying the Indian Mujahideen was planning a devastating sequence of blasts. Agencies interrogating Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi found 70 improvised explosive devices at their Mangalore hideout after he disclosed details of the terror lab to probe officers. Details of Yasin Bhatkal's interrogation report suggest the Mangalore hideout was being used by his aides Waqas and Tabrez alias Sonu for assembling IEDs. Investigators said suspects Waqas and Tabrez who are accused of planting bombs at Mumbai's Zaveri Bazar and Opera House in 2011 fled from the Mangalore hideout just a few hours before the raid leaving behind their clothes, personal belongings and circuits to make IEDs. The interrogation report also says Pakistan-based Iqbal Bhatkal was fronting the ISI plan to instruct Yasin Bhatkal to train and motivate educated Indian youths for jihad so that Pakistan can hide its footprints and showcase Indian Mujahideen as evidence of India's home grown terror. While agencies long suspected the Pakistan connection, Yasin Bhatkal's detailing of terror conspiracies has given them some valuable insight. Yasin Bhatkal has claimed that he personally trained Akbar Ismail Chaudhary and Mohsin Chaudhary in a farm house of Chikmanglore in Karnataka for carrying out the 2007 Hyderabad blasts. Videos of Osama bin Laden and US-Afghan raids were shown to Akbar Ismail Chaudhary and Mohsin Chaudhary to keep them motivated. He also claimed that he reconnaissance Ahmedabad before identifying spots to plant 16 bombs in 2008. He provided explosives to main accused Qayamuddin Kapadia and also arranged his stay. Yasin Bhatkal also claimed that he did not want to use a stolen car for the serial blast but was forced to do so by Iqbal and Riyaz Bhatkal who wanted maximum impact. Yasin Bhatkal also accepted he himself planted the bomb at Pune's German Bakery. He also said the now dead Qatil Siddiqui was to plant a bomb the same day at the Pune's Ganesh Temple but developed cold feet. According to Yasin Bhatkal Himayat Beig, the man convicted in the case, had no role to play. Security and intelligence agencies were hopeful that the Indian Mujahideen menace has ended after Delhi's Batla House encounter which eliminated the Azamgarh module of the terror group, but blasts in Hyderabad's Dilsukhnagar, Bangalore and Bodh Gaya in Bihar have shattered that assumption. Yasin Bhatkal may be in the police net but his interrogation is making agencies apprehensive that his arrest too may not be the end of the Indian Mujahideen story, especially since his aides like Waqas, Tabrez and Mirza Beig are still on the run.
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