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Is the Indian Mujahideen forging an alliance with Maoists?

Summary: In what could be a lethal cocktail, the country's biggest internal

security threat of Maoists, may have joined hands with home grown

terror organisation Indian Mujahideen, leading to an immense concern in

intelligence and investigative circles.

In what could be a lethal cocktail, the country's biggest internal security threat of "Maoists", may have joined hands with home grown terror organisation Indian Mujahideen, leading to an immense concern in intelligence and investigative circles.

National Investigative Agency's (NIA) star catch Yasin Bhatkal has revealed to his interrogators that during his stay in Nepal, he got in touch with a top Indian Maoist leader called by only his alias as "Manjar". Bhatkal met this top Indian Maoist leader five months before his arrest. The meeting took place in a place called Harsahi in Nepal. Bhatkal was himself hiding in Pokhara before his arrest in Nepal, on August 28. But this revelation is cause for worry.

NIA has revealed that Bhatkal met Maoists in Nepal before the terror attack in Bodhgaya on July 7. But the agency has not ruled any angle out, yet. The agency has found similarities in the modus operandi of the blast carried out in the holy shrine with that of Maoists. The explosives used were similar to that of the bombs used by Maoists, raising suspicions that the Maoist and IM may have indeed joined hands.

Bhatkal has denied any hand in the Bodhgaya blast in Bihar this year.

A top officer in the home ministry told Headlines Today, "This proves the anti-national credenbtials of the CPI (Maoist) and shows that their ideology is just a sham."

Both the MHA and NIA believe that this was a mutually benefitting alliance; the Maoists helped Indian Mujahideen operatives in getting explosives for blasts, while Bhatkal, it is suspected, had offered arms and ammunition in return.

Even though Yasin Bhatkal has told his interrogators that he was impressed with Maoist tactics, especially the Darbhaghati attack in May which left several Congress leaders in Chattisgarh dead, they could not plan anything together, as he was soon arrested.

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Date:Oct 1, 2013
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