Since 2000, eleven terror cases being probed by investigation agencies have remained unsolved. That may change. On Wednesday, Delhi police claimed a breakthrough in the Jama Masjid attack and a few other cases from across the country with the arrest of six suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives, one of them a Pakistani national.
Prayers answered! People look on from Jama Masjid after two gunmen
on a motorcycle fired at a tourist bus near gate 3 of the monument and
injured two Taiwanese tourists on September 19 last year.
Officials said they have busted an Indian Mujahideen (IM) module suspected to be involved in the Pune German Bakery blast of February 13, 2010, Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium blast of April 17, 2010 and Delhi's Jama Masjid shooting case of September 19 last year, with the help of intelligence agencies.
Shortly after, an explosives-laden car parked nearby went up in flames.
Spreading the word
"We had also kept police departments from West Bengal, Bihar and Tamil Nadu in the loop," they said. "Two AK-47 rifles along with 50 cartridges, a 9mm pistol with 14 live cartridges, 1.4 kg of black explosive material, 3.2 kg of white explosives, 350 gm of granular off-white explosive material, 5 detonators and fake Indian currency notes worth Rs 2 lakh along with other incriminating materials have been recovered," the sources said.
Full stop: The bus carrying foreign tourists, who were the in city ahead
of the Commonwealth Games last year, stands outside RML Hospital.
Two bike-borne men opened fire on it, injuring two Taiwanese nationals.
On a tip-off received about his whereabouts, Mohammed Qateel Siddiqi alias Sajan alias Vivek Mishra (27), who was residing in Delhi, was apprehended near Anand Vihar bus terminal on November 22. On interrogating him, it was revealed that he is a member of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) terror module led by Ahmad Siddi Bappa alias Shahrukh alias Yashin Ahmad alias Imran of Bhatkal, Karnataka.
In the net
The next day, another member of the IM module, Gauhar Aziz Khumani (31), resident of Darbhanga, Bihar, was apprehended from Delhi. Based on inputs provided by Siddiqi, raids were conducted in Madhubani, Bihar and on November 24, another member of the same module, Gayur Ahmad Jamali (21) was apprehended. Mohd. Adhil alias Ajamal, another operative, was caught the next day.
Shafiq who hails from Karachi in Pakistan, was apprehended from Madhubani. As more inquiries were made, cops received tip-offs about two more members of the module - Mohammed Irshad Khan (52), Samastipur, Bihar and presently residing in Delhi and Abdur Rahman (19), from Darbhanga, Bihar, who was living in Chennai.
All these alleged IM members were subjected to intensive interrogation, which has revealed that this module is involved in terror attacks across the country, say officials. Further investigation is in progress.
>> Mohammed Adil is a Pakistani national. He came to India in August 2010 on the instructions of Riaz and Iqbal Bhatkal.
>> Mohammed Qateel Siddiqi came in contact with Ahmad Siddi Bappa alias Imran in the last quarter of 2008 and became a member of IM.
>> Mohammed Irshad Khan met Ahmad Siddi Bappa in the first quarter of 2009. They became close associates and he too joined the same IM module.
>> Gauhar Aziz Khomani, in 2003, while he was in his village, came in contact with Ahmad Siddi Bappa. In 2007 he came to Delhi and in November 2008 he renewed his contact with Bappa and joined IM. He provided them logistical and financial support.
>> Gayur Ahmad Jamali too came in contact with Bappa and later joined IM.
>> Abdur Rahman met Bappa about four months ago and become a member of Indian Mujahideen. He provided hideouts and logistic support.