Terrorist Yasin Bhatkal alias Ahmad Zarar Siddibappa recently told his police investigators that he and his accomplices were planning to acquire and detonate a nuclear bomb on Surat, a city in the Indian state of Gujarat.
Bhatkal – one of the masterminds of the proscribed terrorist organization Indian Mujhahideen (IM) – told the interrogators that he had asked his Pakistani superior, Riyaz Bhatkal, whether a small "nuclear bomb" could be arranged, according to the Times of India (TOI).
"Riyaz told me that attacks can be done with nuclear bombs. I requested him to look for one nuclear bomb for Surat," Yasin reportedly told the officials.
"Riyaz told me Muslims would also die in that (nuclear bomb blast), to which I said that we would paste posters in mosques asking every Muslim to quietly evacuate their families from the city," Yasin said.
The IM co-founder was listed on the National Investigation Agency’s Most Wanted until he was arrested on 28 August 2013 on the India-Nepal border. He allegedly traveled to Pakistan via Dubai for arms training in 2006 to launch terror attacks.
Yasin further revealed that he was exposed to handling of explosives including homemade bombs during his 50-day long training schedule in Pakistan.
"We have been coming across different kinds of IEDs over the years. The reason is that terrorists are undergoing all kind of advanced army level training in Pakistan with the help of ISI. And if terror outfits have access to nuclear bombs, then it is very dangerous for us (India),” a senior intelligence official told TOI.