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'Boys killed in Batla House were part of Indian Mujahideen'
Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru
August 13, 2009 14:23 IST
The Delhi [Images] police may have been right after all to go ahead with the encounter at Batla House. If the confession of Mohammad Noushad, one of the accused in the Hyderabad, Ahmedabad [Images] and Bengaluru [Images] serial blasts is to be believed, then the boys who were killed at Batla House were infact a part of the Indian Mujahideen [Images] which created panic across the country in form of serial blasts.

Soon after the blasts in Delhi which killed over 20 persons, the police picked up intercepts through the Intelligence Bureau that there were some boys hiding in Jamia Nagar. The boys were killed in an encounter which in turn created a flutter among some rights groups claiming that the encounter was fake.

However, the complete confession of Noushad tell a different story. He said that he was in touch with Riyaz Bhatkal, the IM boss who is originally from Karnataka.

The moment the news of the encounter broke out and the pictures of the boys appeared on news channels and other dailies, Bhatkal is said to have told Noushad in a sad tone that these were his boys.

Noushad further claims in his confession that all the boys killed in the encounter were known to Bhatkal and these were the same boys who had helped execute the Delhi blasts.

Noushad also speaks extensively about the role played by a man called Sufi Mohammad in the blasts that rocked Delhi. Sufi according to Noushad had brought in the explosives from Kerala [Images] into Delhi and the same was used in the blasts.

Investigating officials told that there was an unusual pattern involved in the serial blasts that rocked Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Surat [Images] and Delhi. All the bombs were made in Hubli, Manipal and Kondotty and then transported to the rest of the country.

Each one set up shop in these respective places and in all prepared over 30 bombs. The real requirement according to the confession of Noushad was 50 bombs, but due to technical problems they were unable to prepare the remaining 20 bombs.

The Indian Mujahideen had originally planned on using at least 20 bombs in Mumbai [Images] and carrying out blasts. However that plan had to be dropped for two reasons.

A majority of the IM men were nabbed by the Mumbai crime branch before the plan was executed. Secondly, the plans could not be executed since the consignment could not be reached on time as there were technical flaws while preparing the bombs meant to be used in Mumbai.

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