Delhi police hunt for Raju Bhai, named in Pune blast probe

Feb 25, 2013, 01:35 IST | Agencies

Delhi police yesterday launched an intensive search for Raju Bhai, an alleged Indian Mujahideen operative linked to the Hyderabad blasts, which killed 16 people and injured over 115.

Raju Bhai, in his early 30s, has been on the radar of the special cell since his name figured in the August 2012 Pune serial blasts probe. “We have launched a search to trace Raju Bhai, who can provide vital leads in the Hyderabad blasts case,” said a senior official of Delhi Police’s Special Cell.

According to police sources, Raju is six-feet tall and apparently has good command over Marathi. He was allegedly asked by his handlers to arrange hideouts for the suspected terrorists arrested for 2012 Pune blast.

Police are also looking for five more IM operatives who may have a role in the Hyderabad and Pune blasts. In Thursday’s Hyderabad twin blasts, security agencies suspect the involvement of the same Indian Mujahideen module involved in the Pune blasts and directed by Yasin Bhatkal, who is one of the co-founders of the IM.

The sketch of Raju Bhai was released by Delhi Police in October last year after interrogation of suspects Imran Khan and Asad who were arrested for planting bombs in Pune. Police said they have intensified the searches for Raju Bhai in the capital and its neighboring parts.

Besides, the officers of Special Cell here questioned Pune blast accused Syed Maqbool lodged in Tihar Jail Saturday.

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