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Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad made Bihar a haven of terrorists, claims Sushil Kumar Modi

Sushil Kumar Modi was referring to the arrest of the outlawed terror outfit–Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal’s arrest on the Indo-Nepal border over two years ago in Bihar’s Madhubani district.

Sushil Kumar Modi charged Lalu Prasad and Sushil Kumar Modi with jeopardising the security of the country for votes (of a particular community).
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Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday charged Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad with making Bihar a “haven of terrorists” with an eye on the vote of a particular community, remarks that assume significance ahead of polling in 112 assembly seats having a sizeable presence of minorities.”Lalu-Nitish made Bihar a haven of terrorists with an eye on the voters of a particular community….a terrorist was dealt with softly because of his religion,” he said in a series of tweets a day after BJP President had said in Raxaul that firecrackers will be burst in Pakistan if by mistake BJP is defeated in Bihar.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi was referring to the arrest of the outlawed terror outfit–Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal’s arrest on the Indo-Nepal border over two years ago in Bihar’s Madhubani district.Claiming that the Bihar Police had refused to take Bhatkal into its custody, the senior BJP leader alleged that the Chief Minister had made the ADG Rajesh Chandra to return to the state capital from Muzaffarpur while he was going to Raxaul to interrogate the IM co-founder.The then Bihar DGP neither questioned Bhatkal nor took him into police remand before handing him over to the central agencies, Modi said. He alleged that dozens of districts of Bihar were converted into a nursery of terrorism during the 25 years rule of the RJD and the JD(U) and that the terror attacks in Bodh Gaya and Patna (during Modi’s rally in Gandhi Maidan) was due to the state government’s indifferent towards terrorist activities in the state.Modi charged the RJD supremo and senior JD(U) leader with jeopardising the security of the country for votes (of a particular community).”For votes, Lalu and Nitish can put the entire country at risk…what to talk of Bihar only,” the BJP leader said in an attack on the secular alliance leaders.Taking cue from the BJP national president Amit Shah’s controversial remarks, Modi said that the BJP’s win at in the Bihar assembly polls will be celebrated as Diwali in India, while if the secular alliance registered victory it will be celebrations in Pakistan.”If BJP wins in Bihar there will be Diwali in India and if UPA wins there will be celebration in Pakistan,”

Has 2008 Jaipur blasts accused joined Islamic State?

ATS probe reveals absconding accused were in Afghanistan, trail might lead to Syria

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Investigative agencies and anti-terror squad of Rajasthan police are probing the possibility of elusive accused of 2008 Jaipur serial blasts having joined ISIS ranks fighting in Syria.According to sources, prolonged investigations into the activities of four wanted accused in Jaipur serial blasts, including Bada Sajid, Mohd Khalid, Mirza Shadab Beg and Ariz alias Junaid, all seminal part of the Indian Mujahideen (IM), have revealed that they had formed another group Ansar-ul-Tauheed in Pakistan and had joined the Al Qaeda ranks in Afghanistan last year.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The anti-terror agencies are now probing a trail which is leading to the possibility of these men, most of them from Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, having travelled to Syria to be part of the ISIS.According to Rajasthan ATS DIG BL Meena, sustained investigations into the 2008 Jaipur blasts and grilling of IM operatives arrested in 2014, led the sleuths to Internet chat records, which showed that all four youths who planted bombs in Jaipur in 2008 along with Atif Ameen, later fled to Pakistan and worked with Bhatkal brothers Riyaz and Iqbal.Later, the four IM terrorists along with other ultras broke away from the IM ranks and formed another small outfit Ansar-ul-Tauheed, before shifting to Afghanistan. A video of Al Qaeda’s terror acts in Afghanistan six months ago, revealed links of the four Jaipur serial blasts fugitives having joined Qaeda’s ranks in Afghanistan, Meena added.According to sources, now the possibility of the IM fugitives having travelled to Syria and fighting for ISIS is being probed as the trail so far is heading in that direction.Sources also confirmed that efforts are underway to bring jailbird and IM co-founder, Yasin Bhatkal, from Telangana jail on production warrant to Rajasthan to quiz him in connection with the 2008 serial blasts in the Pink City.Investigations into the serial blasts, hitherto have established that it was Yasin Bhatkal only who supplied the explosives and IEDs to the group of IM bombers, including Salman, Saif, Shahbaz, Ariz alias Junaid, Bada Sajid, Mohd Khalid and Mirza Shadab Beg to trigger the nine blasts in different parts of Jaipur on May 13, 2008. The blasts killed over 60 persons and left over 215 injured.Questioning of the members of the IM module busted in Rajasthan in March 2014 have also revealed that Yasin Bhatkal’s point man from Pakistan Zia-Ur-Rehman alias Waqas (who was arrested from outside Ajmer railway station) was working to build an IM module in cities like Jodhpur, Ajmer and Jaipur.It was during the questioning of Waqas and his other aides, including Mohd Mahruf and Mohammad Waqar Azhar alias Haneef were in touch with the four Jaipur blasts fugitives over the internet.Terror trailInvestigations into the Jaipur blasts and grilling of IM operatives held in 2014, led the sleuths to Internet chat recordsFour youths who planted bombs with Atif Ameen, later fled to Pakistan and worked with Bhatkal brothers Riyaz and IqbalThey broke away from IM and formed Ansar-ul-Tauheed, before shifting to Afghanistan. They could now be in Syria quizzing BhatkalEfforts are underway to bring IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal from Telangana jail to Rajasthan to quiz him on 2008 serial blasts.

No saviour from Damascus yet: Yasin Bhatkal may have pulled a prank on us with a call to wife

Yasin Bhatkal, former head of dreaded terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, has succeeded in dropping a bombshell from the confines of the four walls of high-security prison at Cherlapally in Hyderabad. Bhatkal has been lodged in the prison for two years.

The explosive claims Bhatkal made through a phone call to his wife that he would flee the prison with the “support of Islamic State from Syria’s capital Damascus” has indeed sent ripples of concern through the country.

However, it is safe to say that his claims of support from the IS are nothing but an attempt to cause some spurious sensation, for he was aware of the fact that the phone he was using to speak to his wife was one owned by the prison authorities. Previous reports stated that there was security breach and Bhatkal spoke to his wife over a phone that was smuggled inside. However, prison authorities have now confirmed that Bhatkal spoke to his wife on a phone that inmates are allowed to use twice a week to call relatives registered with the jail authorities. These conversations are also recorded by the jail authorities.

Director-General of Prisons of Telangana State Vinay Kumar Singh has said in a statement that it is impossible for anybody to make a call from a ‘personal’ mobile phone from Cherlapally central prison.

A poster of Yasin Bhatkal being burnt. AFP.A poster of Yasin Bhatkal being burnt. AFP.

A poster of Yasin Bhatkal being burnt. AFP.

He clarified that the prison authorities have denied the possibility of an inmate of Cherlapally Jail making a phone call through a personal mobile phone.

Singh said that every inmate was entitled to talk “officially” to two of his relatives every week. The names and phone numbers of the relatives to whom the calls are made on a weekly basis are registered with the prison authorities. Prisoners can make calls only to those two registered numbers.

Singh said that Yasin Bhatkal had registered the phone number of his wife Zahida and he regularly called her every week. The DG said that the prison authorities would record all the conversations.

The DG (Prisons) is also of the view that this is just an attempt by Bhatkal to fool the police, if he has actually said that he will be getting help from Damascus to flee the prison.

However, the prison officials have handed over the recordings of Bhatkal’s phone calls to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for further analysis.

Sources say that there is no more than a “nuisance value” to the claims of Bhatkal. However, considering the alarming nature of the content of his recorded phone calls and his past terror activities, the police do not want to take any chances.

As a first step, the security arrangements around Yasin Bhatkal have been beefed up and new measures too have come in place to ensure that no information either sneaks out of or goes to Bhatkal’s cell.

The Times of India on Saturday reported that Bhatkal told his wife that he was getting help from Damascus to fell the prison. The “sensational” conversation from the “official phone” provided by the prison authorities reportedly lasted five minutes.

The Director-General of Police of Telangana State Anurag Sharma told Firstpost that the department was not leaving anything to chance and that he would speak to the DG (Prisons) and take all the information available and coordinate with all officials to make sure that law and order prevails.

Sharma said: “Basically, it is an unconfirmed report. I do not know where it has come from. Yet, I will verify the facts.”

Intriguingly, a lot of media houses misconstrued the news and said that Bhatkal managed to secure a private mobile phone through which he contacted his wife. However, senior police officials said that all the phone numbers to which the calls are made by prisoners are usually under surveillance. And, naturally all the numbers called by Bhatkal too would be recorded and monitored.

There was no interception, whatsoever, and the call records were being scientifically analysed, they said. Referring to the conversation, the Times of India report mentioned Bhatkal as telling his wife: “Damascus se log madad kar rahe hain. Mai jald hi riha ho jaoonga.”

Bhatkal called up Zahida who lives in Jamia Nagar, South-East Delhi.

As a senior police official, who did not want to be named, said, Bhatkal’s call need not be seen as any “security breach”, but his claim of getting out of the prison was a “sweet talk” to bolster the confidence of “his sweetheart”.

However, the police are trying to corroborate the communication with any possible supplementary evidence to verify the veracity of any “purported support” Bhatkal was getting from the IS and other terror modules.

Bhatkal was arrested from Nepal in 2013.

Two more arrested in 13/7 Mumbai serial blast case

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) on Monday arrested two alleged associates of top Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal in connection with the 2011 serial blasts in the metropolis.

ATS took custody of Sayyed Ismail Afaq Lanka (36) and Saddam Hussain Fairoz Khan (28) — residents of Bhatkal in Karnataka — from Bengaluru Police.

File photo of Yasin Bhatkal. AFPFile photo of Yasin Bhatkal. AFP

File photo of Yasin Bhatkal. AFP

The duo is suspected to have provided explosive materials to Yasin to carry out blasts across the country, including the 2011 bombings here, it said.

Three powerful blasts ripped through crowded areas in Mumbai on July 13, 2011, killing at least 21 people and injuring 141 others.

According to ATS, Bengaluru Police had on January 8 arrested Lanka and Khan with explosives and booked them under Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act (UAPA) and Explosives Substances Act.

“Our team went and questioned the two. During questioning it emerged Lanka and Khan had supplied explosives to Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Haddi, another accused in the case, too to execute the blasts in Mumbai,” said an ATS officer.

The duo would be produced before a local court tomorrow.

With their arrest, total 12 people have been arrested in connection with the blasts. Those arrested earlier include Yasin, Naqi Ahmed and Nadeem Akhtar (both students), Mohammed Kafeel, a Bihar resident, Haroon Rasheed Naik, Waqqas, Tehseen Shaikh alias Monu, Haddi and Ejaz Shaikh.

Kanwarnain Pathreja, a Delhi-based hawala operator was also arrested in the case and later granted bail.

Those still wanted in the case are Riyaz Bhatkal, Wasim alias Ibrahim, Muzaffar Kola and his nephew Ubaid.

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