Six IM suspects remanded to 10-day police custody

Published: Dec 06, 2011, 06:55 IST | Amit Singh

All of them, reportedly, belong to north Bihar, which is coming across as the new recruitment centre for the terror outfit

All of them, reportedly, belong to north Bihar, which is coming across as the new recruitment centre for the terror outfit

A Delhi court on Monday remanded six suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives, allegedly involved in various blasts across India, in police custody for ten days. Officials of the special cell of Delhi police on November 30 arrested the six alleged terrorists from Delhi, Bihar and Chennai and recovered two AK-47 rifles, a 9 mm pistol, 5 kg explosives and 64 cartridges from the accused.

Trigger effect: Scene at Jama Masjid after the attack. File pic

Going by the recoveries made, it is believed that the group was planning to target other places in the country.
Sources said that the Indian Mujahideen module is believed to be behind the three biggest terror attacks in the last two years - the German Bakery blast, Chinnaswamy Stadium blast and the Jama Masjid firing which took place in Delhi.

Leave no trails
The module hardly relied on technology and maintained a high degree of secrecy, with each member being informed only about his specific task. Group members were well trained in handling of sophisticated weapons and making explosives.

All the arrested operatives hail from north Bihar. Police sources say this area could well be the new recruitment centre for the Indian Mujahideen. For the police, the top priority at present is to arrest Ahmad Siddi Bappa or Yashin Ahmad, the man believed to be the leader of this group and the mastermind of Indian Mujahideen's operations in the country.

Getting intelligent
These arrests assume significance because the police believe this is the only active module of the Indian Mujahideen functioning since 2009. The interrogation of these men will give security agencies a chance to build more intelligence about the working of the group and the pattern of funding and training of terrorist operatitions.

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