Abdul Wahid Sidibappa, alleged to be the Indian Mujahideen (IM)’s main conduit in the chain of fund supply from Pakistan via Dubai to other IM operatives based in India for terror attacks, has given National Investigation Agency (NIA) interrogators details of an important meeting of key IM members held in Sharjah in 2009 to plan attacks in India and discuss how money would be sent for these attacks.
Abdul was arrested last month from Delhi airport upon arrival from Dubai. Sources told The Indian Express that Abdul has revealed that he was instrumental in routing Rs 4.5 lakh in six installments to IM operatives in Mumbai, Kozhikode and Hyderabad. He has also said that money was sent from Dubai to IM members in India at least 14-15 times between 2009 and 2013.
“He has said that he attended a meeting in Sharjah in 2009, where the others present were IM co-founders Iqbal and Riyaz Bhatkal, Shafi Armar, Mohammed ‘Bada’ Sajid, Shahnawaz Hussain, Farhan Bhatkal, and also a Pakistani doctor. At this meeting, plans were chalked out about sending money to IM operatives in India to carry out attacks in different cities,” said a source.
“Abdul has also revealed that between 2011 and 2013, he sent installments of Rs 50,000 on three occasions, and Rs 1 lakh each on three other occasions. The money was sent to Mumbai, Kozhikode and Hyderabad. He has said that the money was brought to Dubai by a Pakistani, and that IM member Anwar Hussain from Bhatkal also played an important role as a conduit,” the source added.
Anwar Husain, a one-time minivan driver, was killed in the summer of 2014, fighting alongside jihadists near Kandahar in Afghanistan. According to sources, Anwar married Abdul’s sister Aisha in 2007.
Abdul is a cousin of former IM chief Ahmed Zarar Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal and a relative of IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal.
He was detained by UAE authorities in January 2014, but it took India more than two years to get him deported. The UAE authorities had arrested and produced Abdul in a local court which delayed his deportation. At that time, India had failed to produce robust evidence against him even as Pakistan put pressure on UAE through diplomatic channels to stall his handover to India.
An Interpol red corner notice issued against Abdul says he is wanted for alleged involvement in the 2006 Mumbai serial blasts, 2008 Delhi blasts and 2010 Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts.