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Fasih was link between IM modules in Saudi, India

November 03, 2012 20:41 IST

The questioning of suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Fasih Mahmood is currently going on at Bengaluru and it has revealed details of the logistical support he provided for the terror strike at the Chinnaswamy Stadium at Bangalore.

Fasih, who was extradited from Saudi Arabia, was first questioned by a team of the Delhi police and the Intelligence Bureau. Fasih has been named as the eighth accused in the serial blasts case and the police have been on his trail since the past six months.

Fasih appears to have been the key link between a Darabanga module of the Indian Mujahideen and the module operating from Saudi Arabia. During questioning, he allegedly told the police that his role was to provide logistical support and he had to coordinate between the various modules.

He claims that he was not present in India during the terror strike while adding that his role was restricted to mere coordination.

Fasih is expected to provide more details about the planning behind Chinnaswamy blasts and the IM Darabanga-Saudi Arabia connection.

According to the police quizzing him, Fasih used his contacts at Darabanga and helped them coordinate with the Saudi module. He also helped set up a terror module in Bihar, where a major recruitment drive had taken place and funds for that was pumped in through the Saudi module.

"The Bangalore police will be keen on finding more information on terror operative Yasin Bhatkal and whether there are more operatives from Karnataka who form part of this Bihar module," he said.

Sources in the IB say that Fasih's detention is important for them as he is not an ordinary foot soldier of the IM. 

There is ample proof of his involvement that was used for his extradition, according to a police officer.

Vicky Nanjappa