Ajaz Sheikh,the 27-year-old alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) for his alleged involvement in the 13/7 serial blasts in Mumbai, is reportedly being grilled by interrogators on his role in the funding of the terror attack.
On July 13, 2011, three coordinated explosions at Opera House, Zaveri Bazaar and Dadar killed 26 and injured 127.
Interrogation of other accused in the case led to Ajaz’s role being investigated and his subsequent arrest on Thursday.
On the first day of his interrogation, ATS officers reportedly quizzed Sheikh regarding funds given by Yasin Bhatkal who allegedly commissioned the blast of 13/7 in Mumbai, and also on his role in procuring explosives for the Opera House, Zaveri Bazar and Dadar explosions.
“We want to know how much money was exactly funded by Ajaz to Yasin Bhatkal. The same money was given by Yasin to Naqee Ahmed and Nadeem Mukhtar who have been already arrested by the ATS,” said an ATS officer. The duo, Naqee and Nadeem, are accused of stealing two two-wheelers that were later used in the serial blasts.
Sources claim that Ajaz, the brother in-law of another wanted Indian Mujahideen operative Mohsin Chaudhary, used to received money from the Middle East through a hawala network.
ATS officials suspect that Yasin gave Rs1,50,000 to Naqee and Nadeem, money suspected to have been received by Ajaz from the chief of Indian Mujahideen, Riyaz Bhatkal in Pakistan.