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Opinion | How ISI’s sinister plot to carry out serial blasts in Delhi, Mumbai, UP was foiled

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Anees Ibrahim was instrumental in transporting these IEDs, grenades, pistols and cartridges through their operatives to India, officials said. The explosives and weapons were sent to Prayagraj to be kept safely.

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New Delhi Updated on: September 15, 2021 13:07 IST
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Opinion | How ISI’s sinister plot to carry out serial blasts in Delhi, Mumbai, UP was foiled

Delhi Police Special Cell and Intelligence Bureau, with help from UP ATS, on Tuesday, foiled a sinister plot hatched by Pakistan spy agency ISI and Dawod Ibrahim gang to carry out serial blasts in Delhi, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh during Ramlila, Navratri and Dussehra festival. The Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested six operatives of a terror module and recovered several RDX-based IEDs, grenades, Beretta pistols and cartridges. Till now, one kg of RDX explosive has been seized.

The six terrorists are Jaan Mohammad Sheikh alias Sameer Kallya of Mumbai, Osama alias Sami of Jamia Nagar, Delhi, Moolchand alias Shaaju of Rae Bareli, Zeeshan Qamar of Prayagraj, Mohammad Abu Bakar of Bahraich and Mohammed Amir Javed of Bakshi Talab, Lucknow. All of them were nabbed during raids in Delhi and several towns of UP. The explosives and weapons were seized from Prayagraj.

Interrogation revealed that Osama had left for Muscat, Oman by Salaam Air flight from Lucknow on  April 22, where he met Zeeshan Qamar who had also come to join the training. In Muscat, the two Indians met 15 to 16 Bangladeshis, who were later divided into sub-groups. Osama and Zeeshan were put in one group.

Official sources said, Osama and Zeeshan were taken in small boats from Muscat, Oman by sea to Jiwani town near Gwadar seaport, where they were welcomed by a Pakistani official and taken to a farmhouse in Thatta of Sind province. There were three Pakistanis in the farmhouse. Two of them, Hamza and Jabbar, wearing Pakistani army uniforms, trained them for 15 days in the use of AK-47 rifles and the making of improvised explosive devices using items of daily use.

These two Pakistani soldiers were working under instructions from a Lieutenant or Major rank ISI officer. The two trained terrorists were tasked to carry out reconnaissance and chose locations for planting IEDs. Osama was nabbed from Okhla, and Mohammed Abu Bakar was arrested by Sarai Kale Khan. Zeeshan Qamar, Amir Javed and Moolchand alias Saaju were nabbed with the help of the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad.

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Anees Ibrahim was instrumental in transporting these IEDs, grenades, pistols and cartridges through their operatives to India, officials said. The explosives and weapons were sent to Prayagraj to be kept safely.

Jaan Mohammad Sheikh and Moolchand alias Shaaju were tasked to hand over these explosives and weapons to terrorists for use in Delhi, Mumbai and other places of UP. The explosives were to be used near large gatherings during festivals, police said.

Indian officials pointed out that Thatta, located east of Karachi, is the same place where the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack accused Ajmal Kasab was trained by ISI and Pakistani Navy elite force, Special Service Group. Earlier, Pakistan used the Dubai route to bring probable terrorists for training, but for the first time, Oman has been used, officials pointed out. Also, for the first time since the 1993 Mumbai blasts, Dawood’s underworld gang appeared to be in nexus with the ISI for carrying out these deadly serial blasts during the festive season this year.

Two conclusions arise from the information given by Indian security officials.

One, it has now become easy for the ISI to radicalize Indian youths, call them to foreign lands and from there, take them to Pakistan for training in the use of rifles and explosives. Since crossing the Line of Control on the India-Pakistan border is difficult due to strict surveillance by BSF and the army over the past several years, the ISI has preferred the air route.

Two, since Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba networks have now become weak, the ISI has chosen the help of Dawood’s underground gang. Delhi Police, UP ATS and intelligence agencies need a pat on their back for foiling this sinister plot in the nick of time.

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