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IM planned to break ISI shackles, ally with al-Qaeda, Pak Taliban: chargesheet

IM’s Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Akhtar were produced in a Mumbai court Monday. Ganesh Shirsekar IM’s Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Akhtar were produced in a Mumbai court Monday. Ganesh Shirsekar
Written by D K Rituraj | New Delhi | Posted: February 25, 2014 2:00 am

(2010) and Mumbai (2011).

Akhtar has allegedly confessed his involvement in the bomb blasts in Delhi (2008 and 2010), Mumbai (2011), Pune (2010) and Hyderabad (2013).

Both men are learnt to have confessed to have been trained by the ISI. Yasin has allegedly said he was trained in Karachi in 2005, while Akhtar has said he received formal training in September 2009. Both are said to have claimed that the Batla House encounter of September 19, 2008 was the provocation behind many of the attacks.

According to the chargesheet, Yasin has confessed to have recruited youths into the IM, built and planted IEDs, and sheltered other IM operatives. He has allegedly said he joined the IM “to protect the rights of Muslim people”.

The chargesheet, filed on the basis of searches at alleged IM hideouts, the alleged recovery of incriminating material, alleged records of money transfers, analysis of alleged Internet-based communication and statements of witnesses, says Delhi’s Akshardham temple and Pune’s Army cantonment were at the top of the IM’s hit list.

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