Changez, Kalaku Khan: Terror codes for explosives

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    NEW DELHI: 'Imam Sahab' for potassium chlorate, 'badam rogan' for nitro-benzene, 'Changez Khan' for potassium nitro chlorate, 'Halaku Khan' for magnesium and 'Kalmi Shora' for ammonium nitrate. These are some of the code words used by Pakistan-based terror outfits, especially Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), for their explosives, according to the charge-sheet filed by Delhi Police against top LeT commander Abdul Karim Tunda recently.

    These code names, top intelligence sources said, were used by Lashkar men during training, operations and while interacting with each other so that Indian agencies did not pick up their conversations. These explosive material have been used in bomb blasts by various terror outfits in India.

    Ammonium nitrate and potassium chlorate bombs were extensively used by LeT during serial blasts between 1994 and 1998 and in first decade of the 21st century as well, internal security experts said. The terror organization has many bomb making experts, including Tunda, who used train cadres in bomb-making in Pakistan before his arrest last year.

    Tunda, while sending an LeT operative Mohammad Amir alias Kamran to India after training, had given details of his activities/operations in India in coded language, the charge-sheet said. "Before sending him (Kamran) to Delhi, Tunda had given him details of members of terror outfit present in India, their addresses and phone numbers, contact numbers of Pakistan, formulae to make bombs and pin codes of Indian cities through coded language," the charge-sheet said.

    About the code language, a senior intelligence officer said, "Coded language has been used by Pakistan-based terror outfits and they continue to change the names and code words from time to time because IB, RAW and police agencies track many important phone numbers, electronic communications and papers, since all these are necessary measures for security of the country."

    Another officer said, "Terrorist groups use names of people, places, names of movies, books, food and celebrities as codes to interact with each other during operations or training. The code words are disclosed to only those who are part of a particular operation. Sometimes decrypting codes by security agencies takes days and weeks."

    The charge-sheet against Tunda, who was arrested after 20 years in the terror business, was filed on February 11 by the special cell. It accused the ISI of supervising attacks in India in the 1990s and gave details of terrorists from other organizations including Jaish-e-Mohammad, Indian Mujahideen and senior functionaries of LeT.

    In Delhi, blasts had taken place in 1996-97 in Samaipur Badli, Jahangirpuri, Roop Nagar, Sabzi Mandi, Sadar Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Lahori Gate, Paschim Vihar, Kashmere Gate, two separate spots in Kotwali, Mukherjee Nagar, several places in Daryaganj, areas in Saraswati Vihar, Roshan Di Kulfi in Karol Bagh, Gaffar Market and Punjabi Bagh.

    At the same time, blasts had also taken place in Harbans Mahal in Kanpur, GRP Ghaziabad and areas of Varanasi, Sonepat, Rohtak and Panipat, and GRP Ludhiana and Jalandhar in Punjab.

    Changez, Kalaku Khan: Terror codes for explosives - The Times of India

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