‘On Bhatkals’ order,suspects took flat on rent in Kasarwadi to set up base in Pune’

Investigations have revealed that Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives allegedly took a flat on rent in the Kasarwadi to set up base in Pune as per the instructions by IM founders Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal in July 2012.

Written by Express News Service | Published: October 12, 2012 3:20 am

Investigations have revealed that Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives allegedly took a flat on rent in the Kasarwadi to set up base in Pune as per the instructions by IM founders Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal in July 2012.

It was also revealed that the terror suspects allegedly purchased digital watches,circuit boards and other electronic items from the electronics market in Budhwar Peth in July to make the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for carrying out serial blasts on J M Road.

According to the Delhi police,the terror suspects — Asad Khan,Imran Khan and Sayyed Feroze — got instructions from Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal to set up base in Pune in July. The terror suspects also held a meeting at Asad’s tour and travel agency office at Katkat Gate in Aurangabad early in July.

Feroze,who hails from Pune,took a flat on rent in Kasarwadi mid-July. A few days later,two IM militants came to the flat with explosives and incriminating material. Feroze went to the electronics market in Budhwar Peth with them to buy digital watches,circuit boards and other electronic items required for making the IEDs. Imran allegedly brought ball bearings for the bombs from Nanded.

Later,when the Bhatkal brothers decided to carry out the blasts in Pune,the suspects purchased three bicycles from the cycle market near Phadke Chowk in Budhwar Peth on August 1 morning. They parked the bikes at the bicycle stand at Deccan bus stop.

The same evening,they left the flat in Kasarwadi with rucksacks containing IEDs. They reached the Deccan bus stop,took out the parked bicycles,placed the IEDs in the front carriers and planted the bikes at three spots on J M Road. Meanwhile,they planted three IEDs at other locations on J M Road and then dispersed.

The police had recorded the statements of bicycle shop owners and their employees in Budhwar Peth. The suspects reportedly tried to buy second-hand bicycles but as none of the shops here had used bicycles,they purchased three new bicycles,two of which were from Soni Cycle Trading Company. They paid around Rs 7,200 in cash for which the shop owner also gave them a receipt.

Sujit Deshmukh,proprietor of the Soni Cycle Trading Company said the police have told him not to speak to media about the issue.

Meanwhile,a team of Maharashtra ATS officers is in Delhi following the arrests.

ATS searches Asad’s Aurangabad house

Maharashtra ATS team conducted searches at the residence of Asad Khan in Tawakkal Nagar,Naigaon in Aurangabad on Thursday,soon after the news about his arrest by Delhi police came out. Investigations revealed Asad had not visited his home for about a month before his arrest. Asad’s father is a businessman. He has two brothers.

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