Arrest of Yasin Bhatkal has opened many windows for the Indian investigators and what may seem like revisiting horror, Bhatkal has warned of new waves of fidayeen attacks in India.
Arrest of Yasin Bhatkal has opened many windows for the Indian investigators who have been able to extract information from him till now. What may seem like revisiting horror, Bhatkal has warned of new waves of fidayeen attacks in India, according to the media reports.
According to a post published in ‘firstpost’, the crackdown on the terrorists has only invited new attacks.
The Indian Mujahideen in Karachi is now supposed to be more “tightly knit’ and better-trained than in the past following the arrest of its key aides. Their plans, as Bhatkal is said to have told the NIA, including repeating 26/11-like attack and more impactful operations.
The post further states, that the ISI has become the sole in-charge of the terror activities and has taken control of the training and funding of terrorists and terrorist funding. According to the investigators, ISI officers are also trying to get key Indian jihadist leaders among which are Farhatullah Ghauri, recently charged with financing the setting up of a new jihadist cell in Hubli, and Dawood Ibrahim’s key Gujarat gang-lord Rasool Khan ‘Party’ to work under for them.
The post further reveals that the operation was called ‘the Karachi project’ which has proof of being operational as David Headley himself confirmed its presence in front of NIA in Chicago. He has said that a man called Abdul Rehman Hashim was the controller. This was different from the Lashkar project which has been shut down and Riyaz Shahbandari now commands the entire Indian jihadist network.
Every few weeks since January, 2009, the post says, Bhatkal spoke to Shahbandari using encrypted chat applications. He also received instructions on picking up funds through hawala. Forensic experts are now trying to get all the data from Bhatkal’s laptop.
The post further reveals how Bhatkal and his aides shifted their base in Delhi post Batla encounter and sped up training process.
The hand of Bhatkal in Bodhgaya bombings have also been proven by the confession of IM operative Muhammad Danish Ansari befor e a Delhi court that Bhatkal had wanted to stage a fidayeen attack on foreign nationals.
While the NIA has much information in its purse and it will be able to get more, there is no denying that future has become more and more dark with every single veil-lifting by Bhatkal.