'IM planned terrorist strike at Red Fort'

'IM planned terrorist strike at Red Fort'

The Indian Mujahideen was planning to target the Red Fort, a monument widely visited by foreign tourists.

An Indian Mujahideen suspect arrested from Jodhpur on Sunday had also allegedly done a recce of the monument and taken photographs, a police officer said here on Friday.

The Special Cell officer said the interrogation of the Indian Mujahideen recently arrested suspects had not revealed any other target in Delhi. But the group had `discussed' striking at places in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh visited by tourists.

Meanwhile, in a court on Friday, Delhi Police said that IM's top operative Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu was planning to carry out a terror strike in the capital with the help of his associates.

The Special Cell stated this while seeking remand of Akhtar, one of the alleged masterminds of a string of terror attacks in the country, agencies reported.Akhtar is presently in police custody till April 2.

The court was told that Akhtar, who was arrested from near Kakarvitta Indo-Nepal border in Darjeeling district of West Bengal on March 25, has disclosed that he was involved in a number of terror attacks in the country.

“Presently, he was planning a terrorist strike in Delhi along with other members of the IM,” the police said in its plea seeking remand of Akhtar. The Special Cell said Akhtar will be taken to different states of the country to “trace” and apprehend other wanted accused in the case.

“He is required to be interrogated at length to unearth the entire conspiracy,” it said, adding that he and other members of the Indian Mujahideen were trying to destabilise the harmony in the country.

Police had told the court that Akhtar, a top bomb-maker of Indian Mujahideen, was also required to be confronted with one of his top associate Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas, a Pakistani national who was arrested on March 22, and others.

According to the police, Akhtar was heading Indian Mujahideen after the arrest of Yasin Bhatkal, co-founder of the terror outfit.

Akhtar was wanted by security agencies for his alleged roles in a string of terror strikes, including the July 7, 2013 Bodh Gaya Blasts and the Patna blasts on October 27.