IM operative's killers to seek cop protection

The Delhi Police has made a startling revelation that the three Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives — Asad Khan, Imran Khan, and Sayed Firoz — arrested in the Capital wanted to blow up Yerawada jail and Pune court, and had carried out serial blasts in the city on August 1.

The cops disclosed that the blasts were carried out to avenge the death of Qateel Siddique, a militant of IM killed by Sharad Mohol and Alok Bhalerao on June 8, in Yerawada jail. Besides, the police also revealed that the trio wanted to kill the families of Mohol and Bhalerao, but the plan was given up, as they could not identify them.

A militant of IM killed by Sharad Mohol and Alok Bhalerao (face covered) on June 8 in Yerawada jail. File pics

Alarmed by the disclosure, Mohol and Bhalero have sought police protection for themselves and their families. Advocate ND Pawar, their defence lawyer, said, “As per the disclosure, it’s clear that the lives of my clients are in danger. They need adequate protection, as they are being taken out of prison for hearing, and any untoward incident can take place while on the way.”

Pawar added that their families too are scared and have decided to approach the court, as well as Commissioner of Police Gulabrao Pol, to seek adequate protection. “In fact, we’ll submit an application in the court seeking police protection for my clients and their families,” he said Meanwhile, PI Kalyanrao Vidhate of Kothrud police station said that nobody has approached them for protection yet.  “However, we have intensified the patrolling in Sutardara area where both the families reside. Also, we’ll make sure that nothing untoward happens,” Vidhate said. 

Action, reaction:The cops disclosed that  the blasts on JM Road were carried out to avenge the death of Qateel Siddique

What led to JM Road blasts
Investigations revealed that Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Fayyaz Ahmed Qagzi, a resident of Beed in Maharashtra and presently based in West Asian countries, was coordinating with the Bhatkal brothers to set up a base in Delhi and carry out a blast. In January, Qagzi introduced Asad to Bhatkal brothers — who wanted to avenge the death of Siddique.Initially, the plan was to plant a bomb in Yerawada jail or in the premises of the Pune court. But because of the high security at both the places the plan was cancelled, the police chief said. Later, they were asked to kill the family members of Mohol and Ashok, the jail inmates responsible for killing Siddique. This plan was also given up, as they could not identify their family members. Finally, the Bhatkal brothers decided to use the operatives to carry out blasts either at Pune or in Mumbai.

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