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Phone Intercepts Suggest Involvement Of IM In Pune Blast

A telephonic conversation between two suspected members of Indian Mujahideen (IM) gave the security agencies a clue about the terror group's alleged involvement in the Pune blast, police said on Sunday in Mumbai. Days after the
PTI May 09, 2010 17:52 IST
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A telephonic conversation between two suspected members of Indian Mujahideen (IM) gave the security agencies a clue about the terror group's alleged involvement in the Pune blast, police said on Sunday in Mumbai.

 Days after the German Bakery blast on February 13, in which 17 people were killed and over 50 injured, alleged IM operative Salman Ansari's telephonic intercepts suggested that he had received a phone call from someone, believed to be Riyaz Bhatkal, from abroad congratulating him for the blast, the sources added.

Uttar Pradesh ATS had arrested Salman alias Chhotu from near the Nepal border in UP in the last week of February and he is currently in Delhi police's custody.

"This conversation between the duo has given us an important clue to believe that it was a handiwork of the IM members. Hence, the probe was initiated in that direction," an ATS official said, refusing to divulge contents of the conversation.

During the probe, in April first week, Maharashtra ATS had come to a conclusion that Yasin Bhatkal, believed to be a relative of IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal, is one of the main conspirators of the blast.

Salman received training in sophisticated firearms and timer devices at a terrorist camp near Lahore during his stay in Pakistan, police said. PTI