One more IM suspect held in Rajasthan

March 31, 2014 - 1:32:17 am

Jaipur: Rajasthan Police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) yesterday arrested one more suspected member of the Indian Mujahideen, officials said.

An ATS officer said the 22-year-old man was detained from Sikar and arrested on charges of being a member of the terror outfit’s Rajasthan module.

“The accused is pursuing a diploma in civil engineering from Sikar town. He was brought to Jaipur where he is being interrogated,” he said.

The ATS has arrested six youths from Sikar, most of them students, for being involved in terrorist activities.

Besides these six, five suspected IM terrorists have been held from Jodhpur, 330km from here, since March 22.

Four others, including a most-wanted terrorist, Pakistani national Waqas, and two engineering students have been held in Jaipur and Ajmer.

Meanwhile, Delhi police sources said yesterday that IM activists used code words while chatting on the Internet as they plotted attacks. Ticket, reservation, agency, elaichi, black beauty were some of the over 70 code words used by members of IM.

The revelation comes after the arrest of Tehsin Akhtar alias Monu, head of IM (India), last week along with the outfit’s expert bomber Zia Ur Rehman alias Waqas from the Indo-Nepal border and Rajasthan respectively.

“These secret code words were being used by the operatives during their chats through different e-mail accounts to avoid detection,” an officer requesting anonymity said. “There are over 70 such secret codes.”

According to sources, the operatives had a code word for everything, be it sophisticated weapons, cities, states and countries and even investigating agencies. The operatives too were given secret names.

“They would address Delhi as Sham, Mumbai as Gaw, Pune as Metro, Gujarat as Jeju and would refer to India as Innd in their chats,” said a source.

As far as the investigative agencies or even their partner outfits were concerned, code names were given to them as well.

‘Agency’ meant (Pakistan’s) Inter-Services Intelligence, ‘N eye’ was India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA), ‘BB’ (Black Beauty) were members of banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), who were the friends of Tehsin while the Al Qaeda was referred to as ‘Wagh’.

Some other interesting code words were ‘ticket’ or ‘chaloo’ used for pistol and ‘kalungi’ for explosives, while the popular AK-47 assault rifle was addressed as ‘reservation’ while ‘elaichi’ meant a detonator.

And obviously, the top IM operatives, including Yasin Bhatkal, had code names as well.

“Beboo was one of the founder members of the outfit and top operative Iqbal Bhatkal while his brother Riyaz had a code name ‘ChTa’ (both are now in Pakistan),” said the source adding that Yasin Bhatkal, who was arrested in August last year by the NIA was referred to as ‘JJ’ or ‘TB’. Yasin Bhatkal is judicial custody.

Tehsin and Rehman, who gave the information to the police after their recent arrests, were named ‘hass’ or ‘hazil’ and ‘jadd’ respectively.

“These codes were used in chats that took place on August 25, 2013, where the top IM operatives discussed about getting fidayeens through Al Qaeda for operations in India,” the source said. “The discussion also revealed how some IM operatives narrowly escaped the Batla House shootout.”