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Terror group Indian Mujahideen on recruitment spree

Mar 08, 2010 10:26 AM IST India India

New Delhi: The Indian Mujahideen (IM) are trying to re-group and recruit new cadre that's what has emerged from the interrogation of 21-year-old Salman, an alleged IM operative. A Delhi court has sent Salman to eight days of police custody.

The Indian Mujahideen has been recruiting new cadres to make up for the loss of several of its top members, who were arrested following blasts in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Delhi between 2007 and 2008.

The revelations have been made by the 21-yr-old, Salman, who has allegedly been involved in almost all activities of the Indian Mujahideen since 2005.

Salman alias Chothu has also told interrogators that the Indian Mujahideen is trying desperately to re-group and cause further strikes across the country.

Following the Delhi serial blast Salman spent a lot of time in eastern Uttar Pradesh and then fled to Nepal, where he got himself a Nepalese passport under a fictitious identity.

"Is passport ke dwara woha Pakistan gaya aur kayi dusre desh gaya jinke baarein mein abhi bolna sahi nahi hai (with the help of this passport he went to many other countries. But can’t say it now)," said Brij Lal.

Salman went to different places in UAE and Pakistan including Sharjah, Dubai, Karachi and Lahore.

There he met several top Indian Mujahideen operatives including Iqbal and Riyaz Bhatkal and even underwent training in arms and explosives.

Salman was privy to a lot of information about the future plans of the group, police have recovered a UAE ID and a Nepalese passport from him. He was also using an international number which will now be analysed by the police.

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