Investigators probing the serial bombings at the BJP rally in Patna on Sunday suspect the involvement of Wakas alias Ahmad,an Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative allegedly involved in the J M Road blasts in Pune in August 2012.
Wakas and his aide Tehsin alias Monu,both IM operatives,are suspected to be involved in the Patna blasts. The duo are believed to have developed a network of local persons from Ranchi for carrying out the blasts.
As per the J M Road blasts chargesheet,Wakas is a close and trusted aide of IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal and knows bomb-making techniques. As per Bhatkals instructions,Wakas and Shakir alias Asadullah Akhtar who was recently arrested in Bihar along with top IM operative Yasin Bhatkal had stayed in Pune for planning and executing J M Road blasts with the help of youths from Pune and other parts of Maharashtra. Wakas and Shakir not only assembled bombs but also planted six of them,along with suspect Firoz alias Humza on August 1.
Five bombs exploded with a low intensity between 7.25 pm and 11.30 pm on J M Road,while one was defused by the bomb detection and disposal squad. One man was injured.