Indian Mujahideen terrorist Tehseen Akhtar arrested from Darjeeling
NEW DELHI: The
Special Cell of the Delhi Police on Tuesday said it had arrested a suspected
key Indian Mujahideen operative and the terrorist group’s operational chief in
the country, Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu, from Naxalbari in Darjeeling district
of West Bengal.
came three days after the arrest of another alleged top IM operative, Pakistani
national Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas, from Ajmer in Rajasthan. Security agencies
believe the two arrests are a huge setback to IM as most of its senior members
across the country are now in custody.
24-year-old Tehseen was hiding near the India-Nepal border in the Pani Tankhi
area of Naxalbari and the Union home ministry has arranged for a chartered
aircraft to bring him from Bagdogra airport in West Bengal.
name has figured in several bomb attacks in recent years, including blasts in
Mumbai, Hyderabad and Varanasi, is believed to have taken over the reins of IM
after the arrest of its co-founder Yasin Bhatkal last August.
Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), said Tehseen was arrested after
Waqas was questioned. Waqas was arrested Saturday morning from outside the
Ajmer railway station while he was allegedly on his way to meet three
associates in Rajasthan.
being brought to the city by our men. It is too early to divulge what he was
planning. As of now, we can say that he was running the operations in India and
was the key link between IM and the several splinter groups of SIMI. Since he
was the head of IM, we will now verify the claims made by the four operatives
arrested recently,” Shrivastava said.
Tehseen had fled to Jaipur after Bhatkal’s arrest and stayed in the house of
the three operatives arrested a few days back. He is later believed to have
stayed with Waqas in Munnar in Kerala. He is also said to have fled to Nepal
for a month, before returning to the country a few days ago.
he was trying to flee to Pakistan but had asked Waqas and the three operatives
to meet in Rajasthan for a terror strike.
carried a reward of more than Rs 50 lakh, belongs to Darbhanga in Bihar. He was
allegedly introduced to Bhatkal by Gayur Jamali and learnt to make bombs from
IM operative Qateel Siddique.
He is suspected
to have received Waqas and Asadullah Akhtar, who was arrested with Yasin
Bhatkal, in Katmandu last year.
He is also
suspected to have planned the bomb blasts in Varanasi, Mumbai and Hyderabad
since 2010. Waqas and the other suspects are believed to have told
interrogators that although Monu had not been in IM for too long, he had made
it to the top fast and impressed the Bhatkal brothers in Pakistan.