South India is the new recruiting ground for terror outfit Indian Mujahideen. This is what Salman Ahmed alias Chotu (21) has allegedly told the Special Cell of Delhi Police.
According to the police, with Azamgarh under the glare of almost every security agency in the country, IM decided to move to South India to recruit their operatives.
According to Salman, more than a dozen youth have been sent from South India to Pakistan for training via Dubai.
“Salman himself sent at least eight young men to Pakistan. He used to take them to Dubai through Nepal. From there, they were sent to Pakistan, where these men received weapons and explosives training,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The police said that most of the men who were recruited are educated professionals from universities and madarsas in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
“They have even managed to induct a number of computer professionals from Bengaluru. All the recruited men are in the age group of 21 and 27,” added the officer.
The police said on the basis of information provided by Salman, state police forces have started conducting raids in different parts of the country.
The police said the IM was also using different social networking sites for shortlisting men they planned to recruit.
The police believe as many as seven sleeper cells have already been formed and are currently stationed in Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad.
Salman has allegedly told the police that each cell has at least three members waiting for orders to strike at targets.
According to a senior Uttar Pradesh Anti-terrorist Squad officer, the IM has become popular in recent times and many new members are joining it.