The arrest of terror outfit India Mujahideen’s (IM) India operations head Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu, coming immediately after the arrest of his close associate Waqas, is no doubt a big success for country’s security establishment. But it is not the end of IM, say counter terror officials.
“No doubt his arrest is a huge blow to Indian Mujahideen’s (IM) future plans but it is not the end of the outfit as long as its Pakistan based top leadership and some of the key emerging operatives here are not caught,” a counter terror official said requesting anonymity.
Tehseen, 23, originally a resident of Maniarpur in Samastipur district of Bihar, was heading the IM’s operations in India ever since Yasin Bhatkal shifted to Nepal in 2012. After Yasin’s arrest in August, 2013, the Pakistan-based leadership of IM - consisting of Iqbal Bhatkal, his younger brother Riyaz Bhatkal and Mirza Shahab Beg -- were heavily reliant on Monu to carry forward their terror agenda. Monu was roped in the IM by Yasin Bhatkal himself. After his arrest, Yasin had told investigators Monu was more less executing terror plans in direct consultation with Riyaz Bhatkal.
“Monu is very motivated, tech-savvy and expert in handling explosives. He was instrumental in raising a new module consisting of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadre in Ranchi and Raipur that carried out serial blasts in Bodh Gaya and Patna in quick succession. Monu was in touch with Hyder Ali who is believed to be the mastermind of Ranchi-Raipur module. It is suspected that Monu helped the Ranchi-Raipur module in fabrication of improvised explosive devices that were used in Bodh Gaya and Patna,” said the official.
But even after the arrest of Monu or his close associate Waqas, IM can again revive itself with the help of Hyder Ali who managed the Ranchi-Raipur module. Hyder Ali is also known as ‘Black Beauty’ because of his dark complexion and is considered an old SIMI hand.
“Hyder can raise new cadres very effectively because of his old SIMI connections,” said the official.