Terror by Indian Mujahideen foiled

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    How the Indian Mujahideen raised Rs 45 crore in two years

    The Indian Mujahideen earlier relied on extortions and arms smuggling but has now realised that donations are a better and safer way to collect funds for its operations, reports Vicky Nanjappa.

    Money raised through arms smuggling, circulation of fake currency, hawala transactions, extortions and diverting political fund has today made the Indian Mujahideen worth Rs 45 crore, say sources in the police and the Intelligence Bureau.

    This staggering figure makes it without a doubt the richest homegrown terror outfit till date. The question, however, is, despite so much of scrutiny and tightening of their operations, how have they managed to raise such a large sum of money? Also, if they raised the money, how did they manage to park it without being noticed?

    Investigating agencies found that the money has been parked in certain establishments in India and also in other places such as Sharjah and Saudi Arabia. The money that is parked outside the country is used from time to time during an operation and in many cases transferred through a hawala deal. While this is a common practice, the money is also, at times, parked with trusted members with business enterprises.

    Former Chief of the Research and Analysis Wing, C D Sahay, points out that the money is often parked with trusted aides and businessmen. Whether there is parking of funds with political parties, especially the smaller ones, is something the Intelligence Bureau needs to dig further.

    According to a report of the Intelligence Bureau, while the Indian Mujahideen's operations through hawala and extortion can be tracked, what the police are finding hard to find out is the money raised through donations. These donations have not only been collected from India, a sizeable sum has also come from other countries as well.

    Investigations reveal that the donations have not been collected by the IM alone; other groups too have lent money to the organisation.

    Sahay says that the transactions that are hard to keep track of are the ones which have been carried out abroad. Money is pumped into these outfits through various channels. Take for instance the case of the Jamat-ur-Dawa and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba . They keep boxes outside mosques in Pakistan and very openly collect money in the name of charity. We are well aware that a major percentage of this goes to the Inter-Services Intelligence, while the rest is used by them for their activities.

    Money raised has been the highest during the time of the Haj pilgrimage, Sahay points out. "We have seen how a person like Syed Salahuddin (Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief) used to frequent the Gulf at the time of Haj and collect money. It was an open secret what the money was being used for," adds Sahay.

    In the case of the Indian Mujahideen too, the agencies found that a similar strategy was being adopted. They have been collecting funds under pseudo names. They either say it is for some relief work or the betterment of the community. They even manage to extract donations out of unassuming pilgrims who genuinely believe that there is a cause.

    The amount that is raised is immediately parked with sympathisers who run businesses. This money remains in circulation. When the group is in need of money they approach the businessman, who either hands over the money or carries out a hawala transaction. Investigations into the August Pune blasts found a trail of hawala money, which was transferred by a businessman.

    For the investigators, tracking funds of the IM is nothing short of a nightmare. They operate under all sorts of names and the transactions are never to one specific location. Also, they transfer a small sum to avoid suspicion.

    For instance, to carry out an operation, the funds required do not land up in one place. A part of it is sent to Delhi , while the remaining to Kerala . Once the money is received, a foot soldier collects and delivers it personally.

    Indian agencies say that the IM is fashioning itself on the lines of its mother outfit, the Lashkar. It is adopting the same strategy to raise funds. The IM earlier relied on extortions and arms smuggling in a big way, but now has realised that donations are a better and safer way to collect funds.

    Although the Indian agencies are aware that the estimated sum raised by the IM is around Rs 45 crore, it does realise that tracking where the money has been parked is one of the most daunting tasks.
     
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    Delhi Police crack August 1 Pune blast case

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    New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Thursday claimed to have cracked the August 1 Pune blast case with the arrest of three Indian Mujahideen operatives from Pul Prahladpur in Delhi. All the three suspected terrorists are from Maharashtra and were planning to carry out terror strikes in Delhi and at Bodh Gaya in Bihar during the festive season.

    Referring to the August 1 Pune blast Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said that the alleged terrorists had bought electronics and cycles from Budhwar Peth in the city for the terror strike. Delhi Police are also coordinating with Maharashtra ATS and Bihar Police in the case.
    "Delhi Police special cell has cracked the Pune blast case. We have arrested three people - Asad Khan of Aurangabad, Imran Khan of Nanded and Syed Feroz of Pune," Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said.

    The police also said that Lashkar-e-Toiba operative and 26/11 plotter Abu Jundal's interrogation led to the arrest of the three IM operatives. The Commissioner added that the name of another key LeT terrorist Fayyaz Qagzi was revealed by Jundal during the interrogation. "This shows a direct link between Indian Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba," he said.

    According to the police, on June 8, 2012 Qateel Siddique, accused in the German Bakery blast and Jama Masjid attack, was killed by jail inmates Sharad Mohan and Ashok Bhalerao in the Yerwada jail. The duo killed Siddique as he boasted that his group would carry out a blast at Dagdusheth, a famous Ganpati temple in Pune. The investigation into his murder revealed that he was part of a bigger conspiracy and led to the arrest the three IM operatives in Delhi. The police have recovered "4 kg of explosive materials, 8 detonators, 9 volt batteries from the trio.

    Sources also said that the three arrested persons were close to fugitive Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal. The police had on March 27 arrested another suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist, an alleged aide of Bhatkal, from north-east Delhi with one kg explosives and a detonator. Assadullah Rehman alias Dilkash (20) was apprehended from Chandu Nagar in Karawal Nagar. Dilkash, who hails from Darbhanga in Bihar, had allegedly escaped in November 2011 from the arms factory run by Indian Mujahideen in west Delhi's Nangloi before the police crackdown during which a number of suspected terrorists were nabbed by police.

    A senior police official said Dilkash had told police that he had recently taken on rent a premises at Chandu Nagar from where investigators allegedly recovered one kg of explosive powder, a detonator, a timer and a mobile phone. "He came in contact with Mohd Kafeel Ahmad, the motivator and ideologue of Indian Mujahideen, who was arrested earlier. He was motivated by Ahmad to join Indian Mujahideen. In February 2011, Ahmad introduced him to Bhatkal who further motivated him," the official said.

    In April 2011, the official said, on instructions from Bhatkal, he reached Delhi and was taken to the factory at Meer Vihar in Nangloi which was later busted by police. There he learnt to work on the lathe machine and assisted Mohd Irshad and Bhatkal in allegedly manufacturing pistols and other arms and ammunition. "He became a trusted aide of Bhatkal," the official claimed.
     
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    Major terror bid foiled, 3 Indian Mujahideen terrorists arrested in Delhi: Police

    New Delhi: The Delhi Police have busted a terror module with the arrest of three Indian Mujahideen terrorists, who were reportedly planning to target the national capital around the festive season.

    According to police, the three suspects - Asad from Naigaon (Aurangabad), Imran Khan from Nanded, Sayyad alias Hamza from Pune- were in Delhi to do recce. A team of Delhi Police's Special Cell has also recovered over four kilograms of explosives and detonators from these terrorists.

    The three arrested persons are said to be close to fugitive Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal, police said. They also say that this module could be linked to the Pune blast this year and that their role is being examined.

    Four low-intensity bomb blasts had taken place in a span of 40 minutes on the busy Junglee Maharaj Road in Pune in August this year, leaving one person injured.
    According to police, Asad and Imran arrested on September 26, and Sayyad on October 1.

    Giving details of the three people arrested today, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said, "They are linked to Zabi-ud-din alias Abu Jindal. These three are from IM, they are directly related to Faiyaz Kagzi from Lashkar. IM and Lashkar and related to each other in many ways."

    He added, "They also planned to attack Bodh Gaya temple. We have informed the police force there to ensure proper security."
     
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    ^^ hope LeT doesn't attack during festive season just to show that such arrests means nothing to them :(
     
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