Two alleged terrorists tasked by their handlers in Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) to mount a bomb attack on an Indian Air Force base and kill foreign-origin employees of a US auditing firm have been nabbed.
The arrests were part of a counter-terror operation undertaken across Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh since Sunday by the Intelligence Bureau.
Nirmal Singh alias Nimma (35), arrested by Raipur police on Sunday on intelligence provided by the IB from the Fokatpara locality, was a top operative of the proscribed Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF). The outfit is headed by alleged terrorist Ranjit Singh Neeta and handlers in the ISI.
On Monday, suspected Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) operative Zia ul Haq (36), whose controller was the 26/11 Mumbai attacks accused Abdul Aziz alias Rehan alias Wali, was arrested by the Hyderabad.
Haq revealed during interrogation that Aziz had instructed him to kill Americans and Europeans working at auditing firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and set off bombs at Hi-Tech city and Imax theatre in Hyderabad.
“Nimma, who infiltrated into India in February this year after he was brought in from his temporary base in Greece, was tasked to execute a deadly, probably bomb, attack, on the Adampur air base,” a senior investigator said. The base, located 100 km east of Pakistan near Jullundhur, has a single 9,000-foot runway and houses 70 combat aircraft (including MIG 29s)
According to the investigator, “Nirmal Singh was also tasked by his ISI handlers to launch targeted attacks on the leaders and establishments of a Sikh sect, Dera Baba Sacha Sauda, to unleash violence in Punjab and abroad.”
Haq, said another investigator, used to work as a driver for a taxi service in Hyderabad.