Wednesday, March 26, 2014

IM’s India chief had refused to surrender

NOTORIOUS FOUR: All the 4 in the poster is in prison now



Mateen Hafeez TNN


Mumbai: Banned outfit Indian Mujahideen’s (IM) youngest operative and believed to be its current chief in India, Tehsin Akhtar alias Monu had rejected the police’s offer to surrender saying he was not a misguided youth and believed in what he was doing. Tehsin was arrested by the Delhi special cell on Tuesday. 

    Sources said following the arrest of IM’s Yasin Bhatkal in August last year, Tehsin was considered as his replacement in the outfit. But, according to the police, in no case was it found that any of the instructions came from him.
   
 Son of a businessman in Samastipur, Bihar, Tehsin studied in a local school there till Class IV and then shifted to Mumbai with his father. Here, he lived with his aunt at Mumbra where he remained till Class X. “In Mumbra, when we were inquiring about him, people remembered him as a decent boy,” said an ATS officer who probed the 13/7 triple blasts in which Tehsin is suspected to have planted a bomb. “On July 13, he and Yasin Bhatkal planned to place a bomb under a police van at Dadar to kill cops. The first bomb was already planted atop a bus stop in Dadar. But when the duo returned to the police van, it had moved to another spot and they had to throw the bomb in a dustbin,” the police said. Failing to trace Tehsin, the state ATS issued a poster, carrying his photograph, besides that of three others who were suspected to be behind the attack. The ATS also announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for information on him.
   
 Tehsin reportedly came in touch with IM operatives in 2008, said the police. According to the police, Tehsin initially worked as a conduit in the outfit. On instructions from IM chief Riyaz Bhatkal, Tehsin in 2010 smuggled Pakistani outfit member Ajmal-—who was lodged somewhere in India—to Nepal, from where the latter could sneak back to Pakistan. At Kathmandu in Nepal, Tehsin met another Pakistani national, Ziya-ur-Rehman alias Waqas, and Asadullah Akhtar alias Tabrez, and reportedly brought them to Samastipur in September that year. The three were received by Yasin, who had taken up a house there, the police said.
   
 According to the police, on January 1, 2011, Tehsin’s father Waseem confronted him about living with the “other boys”. Waseem dragged Tehsin away, threatening to call the police if the others met him. But that did little to dissuade Tehsin. “In July 2013, Tehsin came to Mumbai and lived with his Mumbra relatives. They were unaware of his plan and link with the IM,” police said. 
 
 NOT A MISGUIDED YOUTH’
YOUNGEST MEMBER Tahseen Waseem Akhtar
alias Shaikh Sahab alias Monu (23) was born in Samastipur, Bihar. He studied in a local school till Class IV and moved to Mumbai with his father. He lived with his aunt at Mumbra and studied in a private school till Class X. Later, he returned to Samastipur and completed an engineering diploma course. In 2008, he
 
TERROR LINK 13/7 triple blasts in Mum | He is a suspected conspirator and along with IM chief Yasin Bhatkal, he planted a bomb at Dadar
2012 Pune J M Road blast | Chargesheet shows him as a bomb planter
2013 Hyderabad twin blasts | Allegedly arranged explosives and helped make improvised explosive devices. He hatched the blast plot at the behest of IM top functionary Riyaz Bhatkal
July 2013 Gaya blast | Also played a role in the Gaya serial bomb blasts but no one was injured in it
came in touch with IM members. He is believed to be the youngest IM member
 
WHILE ON THE RUN
    
After the triple blasts in Mumbai in July, 2011, Tahseen stayed in the city for a week and then returned to his Samastipur home. In Nov-Dec that year, he took refuge in Patna and then in Ranchi. In August 2012, he arrived in Pune to execute the serial blasts there and then returned to Ranchi where he rented a house, posing as a Hindu boy. The next month, he moved to Karnataka and hired a flat at Hammpankatta near Mangalore. Near the end of the year, he fled to Nepal. In February 2013, Riyaz Bhatkal sent Tahseen to India where he participated in the blasts at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad and stayed put there


The Times of India, March 26, 2014

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