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Red-IM connect crops up in probe

Police and central security agencies are working to unravel “links” between the Indian Mujahideen and Maoists, who have come together through terror.

The needle of investigation was pointed towards the association after interrogation of Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal threw up the alleged link.

National Investigation Agency sources said Bhatkal told interrogators he had met a top Indian Maoist, known by the alias Manjar, in Nepal before his arrest from the India-Nepal border in August last year. The sources said the meeting took place before the July 7, 2013, explosions at Bodhgaya.

The revelation assumes significance in the wake of similarities between the modus operandi of the explosions carried out by the IM and the Maoists,” an investigating officer, part of the team probing the attacks, said.

The central agency is probing the two serial bomb blasts in Bodhgaya and Patna last year. Bhatkal, along with his associate Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, was apprehended from Raxaul town in East Champaran district close to the international border in August 2013.

The officer added that Maoists were allegedly helping the IM operatives procure explosives in return for arms and ammunition. “The agency has so far not been able to establish any role of the Maoists in the Bodhgaya blasts carried out by the members of IM’s Ranchi module,” he told The Telegraph.

A high-level meeting was held in Patna on Thursday with the inspector-general of police of Nepal, Upendra Kantha Aryal, who is on a five-day visit to India. Apart from director-general of police Abhayanand, the police chiefs of eight bordering districts in north Bihar were present at the first-of-its-kind meeting. The officers discussed the need to extend co-operation between the two countries.

An IPS officer present at the meeting said: “We had co-operated with the Nepal police during the elections in the Himalayan country. Now, we expect the same from them. The SPs of each district would hold separate meetings with their counterparts in Nepal to ensure violence-free elections.”

He added that intelligence agencies were apprehensive about both terror attacks on politicians during the elections. “We have been alerted about the presence of a few IM operatives either in the bordering districts of the state or in Nepal,” he said.

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