Indian Mujahideen planned attacks during festivals in Delhi, other states: Police
NEW DELHI: Terror group Indian Mujahideen planned to
carry out attacks in Delhi and other states during the upcoming festivals, a
key IM operative arrested from Uttar Pradesh has revealed, police said on
Ajaz Sheikh, 27, was on the way to Delhi from Nepal
when he was nabbed by Delhi Police and Uttar Pradesh Police in a joint
operation near Saharanpur Railway station in western Uttar Pradesh Friday
“Sheikh said in his interrogation that he had been
asked by his Pakistan-based handlers Yasin Bhatkal and Mohsin Chaudhary to
reach the national capital via Lucknow, Muradabad and Saharanpur to avoid being
traced by the agencies,” said a police officer.
In Delhi, he had to wait for further orders from his
Sheikh, who was first tasked to assist Yasin in the
execution of the February 2010 German Bakery bombings, is a technical expert
who used to provide financial assistance to the other terrorists through Hawala
transactions. He was supposed to provide money to the people who have planned
to carry out terror strikes.
Earlier, he had provide Rs 1 lakh each to Yasin
Bhatkal, Tehsin Akhtar, Assadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, and Waqas (all arrested)
for carrying out terror strikes in various parts of the country, said the
Another officer said the police were also
investigating the people whom Sheikh had met during his journey from Nepal. He
had fled to Nepal after the arrest of Yaseen Bhatkal last year and was hiding
there since then.