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Rift growing between IM and SIMI: Delhi Police

Avantika Mehta, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 21, 2014
First Published: 23:30 IST(21/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:32 IST(21/8/2014)

The Delhi Police have disclosed before a city court that there is a growing rift between two of India’s biggest terror groups — the Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

The rift has been caused by differences in ideology and custody of certain members.

The disclosure was made in a chargesheet in a case related to the IM Arms Factory found in Meer Vihar.

According to the police, differences between the two banned organizations arose in the beginning of 2013 when IM chief Tehsin Akhtar was told by SIMI operative Haider that his seniors have asked him to stay away from all IM operatives.

Haider has already been arrested in May in relation to the Patna bomb blasts case.

The charge sheet also reveals that IM founder Riyaaz Bhatkal was keen to forge an alliance with SIMI.

However, SIMI leaders had ideological differences with IM which included its association with Pakistani intelligence agency ISI.

While Haider was initially thought to be a unifying link between SIMI and IM, new revelations state that he was also losing faith in the IM.

The cleft between the two terror modules grew further when Tehsin stayed with SIMI’s Imtiyaz Alam, a prime suspect in the Bodh Gaya blasts, for a while.

According to disclosures made by both Tehsin and Imtiyaz, the former had asked him to chose between SIMI and IM. This had caused “some uneasiness” between Haider, who considered Imtiyaz his protégée, and Tehsin. Haider had even threatened Tehsin to “keep away from Imtiyaz,” police sources said.

The charge sheet also tells of how the IM operatives are experimenting with a deadly mix of castor seeds, magnesium sulphate and acetone to send letters ‘soaked in poison’ to their targets.

These chemicals were recovered from an operative of the Jaipur branch of IM Waqar Azhar.

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