Indian Mujahideen Planned Jama Masjid Attack In Bihar: Cops
NEW DELHI: The interrogation of Mohammad Tariq Anjum Hasan, 34, founder member of Indian Mujahideen, has revealed that the Jama Masjid attack of September 19, 2010, in which two Taiwanese tourists were injured and a car explosion took place, was planned at his residence in Bihar.
Sources claimed that Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh, believed to be the India chief of IM, was part of the planning. Tariq has provided fresh details of the Jama Masjid operation, although eight IM members who were part of the attack are already in custody.
Tariq, sources said, has provided names of at least 15 IM members settled in Bihar's Darbhanga district, Bhatkal in Karnataka and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. Police have procured non-bailable warrants against these 15 suspects.
Bomb assembled at Meer Vihar
Tariq Hasan has revealed names of several IM operatives residing in various parts of the country.
The attack, which had taken place just a few days before the Commonwealth Games, was planned at Tariq's house in Nalanda, sources said. Apart from Tariq and Shahrukh, Qateel Siddiqui (one of the attackers) and few other members were part of the meeting.
There the plan of firing at tourists and then keeping a bomb in a car was drawn up. The plan had taken shape at least two months prior to the attack, after which Shahrukh had contacted Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal in Pakistan and then they had sent a Lashkaroperative Mohammad Adil to Delhi.
"After that, they came to Delhi and IM boss Shahrukh made bombs at the Meer Vihar factory. They recceed the Jama Masjid area for at least two days. We suspect Tariq had also come to Delhi at that time but did not go to Jama Masjid," said a police officer.
There were four men involved in Jama Masjid attack including Shahrukh himself, Mohammad Adil, Mohammad Qateel Siddiqui and Mohammad Irshad Khan. Qateel and Adil had gone to Jama Masjid on a stolen bike and fired on Taiwanese using a 9mm pistol. Officials said the attack was meant to avenge the Batla House encounter.
Police have taken Tariq to Pune and a few other places in south India as they believe that Tariq knows about the hideouts of Shahrukh. The team is also probing whether he was involved in the 13/7 blast as well.
Officials say they have got NBWs issued against 15 suspected IM members.
Tariq, sources add, raised funds through three ways - orchestrating robberies in various states, getting hawala money from Pakistan in his accounts and then routing it to different modules and third - taking religious donations or receiving money from gulf countries. Tariq was arrested two days ago from Nalanda.