Indian Mujahideen suspects have LeT link: Cops
Posted by jagoindia on October 17, 2008
Suspects spill beans on LeT link: Cops
15 Oct 2008, 0536 hrs IST, S Ahmed Ali , TNN
Mumbai: Some of the 20 Indian Mujaheedin (IM) suspects, who were arrested recently for various blasts since 2005, have told the police that they were actually associated with the Laskar-e-Toiba (LeT), according to investigators.
Sadiq Shaikh, co-founder of IM, told police that mastermind Riyaz Bhatkal himself is a key operative of the LeT. However, they wanted to avoid being called LeT operatives as the organisation is associated with Pakistan. Bhatkal, founder of the IM, wanted to send a message that they were Indian terrorists and therefore named his organisation Indian Mujahideen.
Shaikh himself had taken nine months of training in Bahavalpur in Pakistan, where he is believed to have met Amir Raza, a main operative of the LeT. Bhatkal has been directly taking orders from Raza, according to investigators . Shaikh told police that the entire training, ranging from indoctrination to handling arms and ammuniation, had been done in camps operated by the LeT.
The accused decided to form the IM only after the Jaipur and Ahmedabad blasts. The accused first sent a terror email to a media channel claiming responsibility after the Ahmedabad blasts. “Prior to the Ahmedabad blasts, Bhatkal had already planned to take such credit and hence he formed the media wing, led by Mansoor Peerbhoy from Pune,” said joint commissioner of police (Crime) Rakesh Maria. Peerbhoy and his two associates, Mubin Kadar Shaikh and Asif Bashir, designed the IM logo.
The media wing of the IM, which has also been charged with aiding and abetting the blasts, is allegedly responsible for sending all three terror emails. Maria said the lead role was played by Peerbhoy, a software engineer in Pune who was actually indoctrinated by Bhatkal.ources said.