An analysis of transcripts of the alleged Internet chats of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal with his fugitive controller Riyaz Bhatkal is believed to have found the terror group has sourced explosives for its bombs from at least three places in the country.
The transcripts also include the alleged chats of IM operative Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, who was arrested with Yasin last August. The chats, sources said, indicate the IM did not always find it easy to source explosives.
Ingredients to make the bombs that exploded at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in April 2010 included 35 kg of gelatine allegedly sourced by Yasin from Pune. Questioned about the details in the chat, Yasin is believed to have told investigators he picked up the gelatine from a man identified only as Ibrahim from near the Swar Gate in Pune.
The ammonium nitrate used to make nine bombs for the May 2008 serial blasts in Jaipur, the chats indicated, was sourced from Udupi in Karnataka by IM operatives Atif Ameen and Ariz Khan. Atif was killed in the Batla House encounter in September 2008 and Ariz is on the run.
In August 2008, two IM operatives allegedly travelled from Delhi to Udupi and picked up seven kg of ammonium nitrate and 10 detonators from a man identified as ‘Shah Rukh’. This was for the September 2008 Delhi serial blasts.
The third source is said to have been in West Bengal. A man named Anjar Mullick, who was arrested last year by the Kolkata Police Special Task Force, is alleged to have supplied explosives to Yasin for the February 2010 German Bakery blast in Pune.
Sources also said that Yasin has claimed that it was Riyaz who always indicated where explosives should be sourced for any attack. Yasin and Riyaz allegedly communicated exclusively through encrypted Internet chats as it could not be detected by security agencies.
Techniques, including encryption of all messages and the use of GPRS phones, were employed by Yasin while on the run, the sources said. Yasin and Riyaz also allegedly used code language and even communicated in the Nawayathi dialect of Bhatkal. The source of the explosives was allegedly known only to Riyaz and Yasin acted as directed.