The banned terrorist goup was created by Pakistani spy agency ISI "to spread terror in this country".
MUMBAI: The serial bombings that hit Mumbai on July 13 last year were planned and coordinated by Indian Mujahideen leaders from Pakistan, according to the chargesheet filed by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) before a special Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act court on Friday.
The nearly 4,800-pages-long document names at least 10 accused and says that the objectives behind the bombings at Opera House, Zaveri Bazar and Dadar were to "create instability in the state" and to "weaken the country's economy". Twenty-seven people died in the blasts and another 127 were injured. The police have so far arrested five people in the case and are on the lookout for six others. The fifth arrest-of 52-year-old Kafeel Ansari-was made last Saturday; he will be chargesheeted later.
"Ansari, who originally hails from Bihar, had provided logistical support and actively participated in the criminal conspiracy," said Rakesh Maria, additional DGP, ATS.
The chargesheet says that "the entire criminal conspiracy was hatched by Riyaz Bhatkal and Yasin Bhatkal", who are "the chief cogs of the notorious" Indian Mujahideen. The banned terrorist goup, it adds, was created by Pakistani spy agency ISI "to spread terror in this country". Riyaz and his brother Iqbal Bhatkal "operate from Pakistan with the help of their associates based in India by imparting instructions to them" via electronic means through Yasin.
Riyaz and Yasin are two of the wanted accused named in the chargesheet. Among the remaining wanted accused are two suspected Pakistani nationals identified as Waqqas Ibrahim Shaikh and Danish alias Tabrez; a 22-year-old, Shaikh Mohd Tahsin Akhtar, currently believed to be on the run in Andhra Pradesh; and an Indian-born hawala operator based in Dubai named Muzzafar Kola. Kola's name had also figured in the kidnapping of Roy Burman, the owner of Kolkata-based Khadim Shoes. "Kola had instructed Pathreja to hand over Rs 10 lakh to someone identified as Shivanand. Later, we found that Shivanand was none other than Yasin," said Maria. More than Rs 12 lakh was used to execute the three blasts.
Those arrested and chargesheeted include Haroon Rashid Abdul Hameed Naik, Naquee Ahmed, Nadeem Akhtar and a Delhi-based hawala operator, Kawalnayan Pathreja.
The chargesheet says that Tabrez planted the bomb at Zaveri Bazar alone and with Waqqas at Opera House. It does not identify the planter of the bomb at Dadar, though it is suspected to be Tahsin. At Zaveri Bazar, the explosive was left in a scooter; at Opera House, near a hawker stand; and at Dadar, atop a bus stop. The explosives were a concoction of many elements, main among which were ammonium nitrate and TNT.
The bombs, the document states, were assembled at an apartment in Habib Mansion, Byculla-the same place where Tabrez and Waqqas stayed between February and November last year. During the course of the investigations, the police seized a desktop from the apartment and found there a pair of denims with semen. The semen, when compared with Naquee's blood samples, confirmed his presence in the flat at some point.
Waqqas and Tabrez, incidentally, were identified as 'A' and 'B' in remand applications.
"We did not want to hamper our own investigation earlier. Now, we have got evidence against them so we revealed their identity," said Maria. He asserted that the police have clinching evidence against the perpetrators. "We made the arrests only after we were 100 per cent sure of their involvement. Later, their interrogation led us to the root of the conspiracy."
The chargesheet states that the case was cracked after information was received that certain "suspicious youths from Darbhanga, Bihar, were frequenting Madanpura, Nagpada and Byculla and were using SIM cards obtained with fraudulent documents".
Simultaneously, an accused in another case, Abdul Wahab, revealed "that Imran (Yasin Bhatkal) was interacting with 10-12 young Muslim boys from Darbhanga and adjoining areas and had been trying to indoctrinate them with inflammatory and provocative speeches, under the pretext of 'Darz' at a madrassa".
"Wahab further disclosed that Naquee was a regular attendee of such a Darz and was staying at Madanpura since 2010 along with his associates. The ATS then traced Naquee and arrested him," the chargesheet says. "A detailed analysis of the suspicious mobile numbers revealed that the wanted accused and Yasin had been in touch with a hawala operator from Mumbai."
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