A special team of Delhi police has arrested Tehsin Akthar, suspected to be the current chief of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, from Samastipur near the India-Nepal border in Bihar today. Akhtar is also believed to be mastermind behind the Patna blasts in 2013. The police supposedly were hot on heels of Akhtar ever since they had been informed of his moves by the Intelligence Bureau.
According to sources, Tehsin became the chief of the IM after Yasin Bhatkal was arrested in August 2013.
Tehsin, whose first major operation was the Patna blasts, reportedly enjoyed close links with a leader of the Janata Dal â€“ United in Bihar. This connection also helped him set up a terror module in the state.
The serial blasts in Patna — at the site of Bharatiya Janata Partyâ€™s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modiâ€™s rally hours before the event — was the first major terror operation planned by Tehsin.
Tehsin, along with a group of amateur operatives, wasÂ initially planning to assassinate Bharatiya Janata Partyâ€™s prime ministerial candidate Narendra ModiÂ at the latterâ€™s hotel in Patna. However, considering the tight security, Tehsin had to fall Â back on Plan B that was to attack the rally venue.
Earlier today, Barkat Ali, an asserted assistant of suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist Mohd Sakib Ansari, was captured in Jodhpur.
Ali had figured out how to give the police the slip on Sunday and a few police groups had swung vigorously to get him.
A police official said that they had accepted data about his landing in home early today, emulating which the police cordoned off his house and captured him.
Ali had purportedly provided explosives and electronic exploding apparatuses to Sakib, who was proficient in making bombs and carrying out blasts by top Indian Mujahideen terrorist Zia Ur Rehman assumed name Waqas who is a Pakistani national needed in association with a few bombings.
Confiscation of handcrafted maps of circuit outlines and a journal demonstrating the strategy of making shells was a confirmation to their plans, police said.
The examination by the Jodhpur Police so far has uncovered that they were on the edge of propelling serial impact in Jodhpur and Waqas was booked to land in Jodhpur to give the last touch to their arrangement.
Barkat had figured out how to escape as he was tipped off by his associate Adil about the capture of Ansari before police could attack his house. Adil was later captured and a few implicating materials were detained from his house.
He had said that a joint operation by Delhi police special cell and Rajasthan ATS had successfully detained four suspected IM terrorists on Sunday.
This is not the first time that terror units connected with distinctive outfits have been discovered to be working in Jodhpur. Something like five years back, the ATS had gotten three associates of SIMI for their connections with the blasts in Jaipur.
A senior authority said that vicinity of all the more such sleeper cells in Jodhpur can’t be discounted.
The authorities are preparing for an intense interrogation of the IM operatives. Sources say that the police is hopeful thatÂ Tehsin may also reveal the names of his political links in Samastipur, because of which he had successfully evaded arrest until now.News Source: The Republic News Network