The questioning of Fasih Mahmood, an alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) 'treasurer' who was arrested after being deported from Saudi Arabia recently, has revealed the identities of two more ideologues associated with the home-grown terror outfit, sources said on Thursday.
"Two more names - 'Uncle White', the father-in-law of a perfume shop owner where Fasih first came in contact with Yasin Bhatkal in early 2000, and one Hafees, have emerged from his questioning," said an officer.
As reported by Hindustan Times earlier, in early 2000, Mahmood, who had just enrolled in a course in mechanical engineering at the Anjuman Engineering College at Karnataka's Bhatkal, bumped into Yasin Bhatkal alias Sharukh when the latter was haggling with the shop's owner, a Maulana, over the merits of waging Jehad.
According to Fasih's disclosure, sources said, both Uncle White and Hafees were instrumental in the creation of the IM after the Students Islamic Movement of India was banned, post the Batla House encounter of 2008 along with Iqbal and Riyaz - the Bhatkal brothers, Yasin Bhatkal, Amir Reza Khan, Mohammad Tariq and himself.
However, Fasih said, both Uncle White and Hafees limited their role only to that of 'motivators' and chose to keep themselves away from any direct involvement in terror bids.
"Uncle White and Hafees, according to Fasih, were promised financial aid from Amir Reza Khan when he left for Pakistan and continued to receive regular remittances from him through Hawala payments," the officer said.