Hint of Pakistani hand in blasts Patna, Nov. 12: Pakistani national Mohammad Waqas allegedly masterminded the October 27 serial bomb blasts at Gandhi Maidan, the venue of the BJPâ€™s Hunkar Rally. The 23-year-old Indian Mujahideen (IM) operativeâ€™s involvement is evident from a letter issued by Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Saurabh Kumar on November 3, sounding an alert in the district in the aftermath of the string of blasts in the city. It stated Waqas, along with his aides, might carry out similar attacks at public places during the ongoing festive season. The letter, a copy of which is in possession of The Telegraph, stated that extra surveillance should be maintained at crowded places like railway stations, bus stands, parks, malls, cinema theatres, hotels, government installations, hospitals, educational institutions, places of worship and meetings of politicians to thwart subversive activities. Waqasâ€™s name did not figure in the FIR lodged by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the Gandhi Maidan blasts, but a source in NIA said he could be the main the conspirator. Carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, Waqas is an expert in making bombs. He was last spotted at Mangalore in Karnataka. Waqas, who uses Ahmad and Javed as aliases, is suspected to have carried out attacks at Dilsukhnagar (Hyderabad) in February 2013, Mumbai in 2011 and Varanasi in 2010. The source in NIA said he generally spoke Urdu and Hindi with Punjabi accent and posed as a student to get accommodation on rent. What makes him different from his close associate Tahseen Akhtar (also a named accused in the blasts FIR) is that he (Waqas) suffers from facial paralysis and frequently visits doctors for treatment. An investigating officer said a non-bailable arrest warrant had been issued against Waqas. He has been allegedly in touch with the arrested Mangalore resident Ayesha Bano, accused of managing funds and financing the IM operatives, including those involved in the Patna serial blasts. Security personnel at the Mangalore airport detained Bano following a tip-off from NIA and the Lakhisarai police. Bano, also known as Pakistani Boss, stayed with her three children at Panjimogaru in Karnataka. She was running the hawala racket for her handlers in Pakistan. Sources in NIA said that Bano operated funds worth Rs 1 crore through hawala channels. http://www.telegraphindia.com/1131113/jsp/frontpage/story_17559513.jsp#.UoMq6_nI0a8 ************************************************************* I wonder what Shindya and Nitish Kumar has to say about this. The former since he is heading the Home Ministry in the Centre and M Kumar since law and order is a state subject.