With the arrest of three terrorists belonging to banned Indian Mujahideen, Delhi Police today claimed to have solved Pune blast in August and also averted terror strikes in the national capital and Bihar during upcoming festive season.
At a press conference, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar termed the arrest of Asad Khan (33), Imran Khan (31) and Syed Feroze (38) as a major breakthrough and claimed that their plans to carry out strikes in Delhi and a temple in Bihar's Bodhgaya during the Dusehra and Diwali festivals have been foiled.
Asad, who is a recruiter, motivator and ideologue of the IM, and Imran were arrested on September 26 from their hideout in Pul Prehladpur in south Delhi while Firoze (38) was apprehended from Nizamuddin Railway station five days later.
The Commissioner said that during the interrogation of Syed Zabiuddin alias Abu Jundal, one of the main accused in 26/11, leads had surfaced that some of the terror groups of Indian Mujahideen were planning to carry out more attacks.
Jundal also claimed during interrogation that one of the founders of Indian Mujahideen terror group, Fayaz Kaghzi, a resident of Beed in Maharashtra, was coordinating the terror strikes from a West Asian country.
The Commissioner claimed that Kagzhi had been in touch with the three terrorists, who were remanded to police custody till October 17 by a Delhi court.
The Pune blasts were to avenge the murder of IM operative Qateel Siddique in Yervada Jail on June eight and the initial plan was to target Mumbai or the prison but later this was changed due to logistical reasons, Kumar said.
Asad is a computer expert and has done his diploma. He tried to set up a computer shop but as it did not do well, he allegedly turned to militancy, Kumar said.
They were allegedly directed by top operatives of the outfit Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal.
Five kg of explosive materials, ten detonators and other articles were recovered from them.
"It was the Bhatkals who asked one Raju Bhai to arrange hideouts for the trio," Kumar said.
Police have prepared sketches of Raju Bhai and two others who were allegedly wanted in Pune blasts and are yet to be arrested.
"The Indian Mujahideen militants received their finances through hawala transactions. This module had received Rs three lakh from their mentors based abroad through hawala operators.
"Later, on the instructions of Iqbal and Riyaz Bhatkal, they came to Delhi for causing blasts," Kumar said.