New Delhi, Aug. 31: Arrested Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal has revealed details about the outfit’s network of sleeper cells and active modules across the country, sources in the home ministry said today, adding that he will be taken to some north Indian states and Bihar where the outfit has considerable presence.
“We are trying to extract as much information as possible from him so that we can crack down on the outfit’s network of sleeper cells... he also revealed details about the IM’s hideouts and training infrastructure,” a source said.
Bhatkal is also said to have told the interrogators that Pakistan’s ISI is planning to revive Sikh militancy in India by carrying out “spectacular” action.
“He told us the proceeds of drug trade through the Indo-Pak border in Punjab is being pumped to Sikh militant outfits like the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) whose masterminds have taken shelter in Pakistan,” the source added.
Yasin has said the ISI has smuggled huge consignment of explosives to Punjab for strikes in the next few months.
Yasin also confessed that a lieutenant colonel in the Pakistan Army, serving in the ISI, was his handler. “He was in regular touch with the colonel ... and the latter funded him through hawala channels for recruiting radicalised youths to the IM fold,” an official said.