Suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas, who was arrested by the Delhi Police Saturday, is believed to have told investigators that explosives for the 2011 triple blasts in Mumbai were sourced by the terror group from Mangalore.
The explosives and gelatine sticks were procured by the IM’s Asadullah Aakhtar alias Haddi, who was arrested with IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal from the India-Nepal border last year, he is believed to have claimed.
Waqas, police sources claimed, had told investigators that Yasin and he had taken an apartment on rent in Mumbai’s Byculla area before the attack and that he stayed in Mumbai for two months then.
During his stay, he is said to have claimed that he joined a private institute which teaches how to repair mobile phones. One of his reasons for wanting to learn this was to understand mobile circuits and how they could be used to trigger bombs.
He is also believed to have claimed that he got Rs 1 lakh through hawala for the blasts and two Honda Activa scooters were stolen from the city to be used during the blasts. The group had allegedly planned to plant a bomb near the Dadar foot overbridge and another at the famous Siddhivinayak Temple, but high security at the temple forced them to change their plan.
Waqas is also believed to have told police that he experimented with hydrogen peroxide for the first time in the bomb used at Varanasi’s Sheetla Ghat. Yasin Bhatkal, Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu and Asadullah Akhtar were involved in executing those blasts, he is said to have claimed.