New Delhi: In two major breakthroughs, security agencies have detained a suspected terrorist of home grown terror outfit Indian Mujhaideen for 13 February Pune terror attack killing 17 people and six men for massacre of 76 security personnel in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh 6 April.
”We have detained Abdul Samsad Bhatkal for questioning in Pune terror attack,” a senior home ministry official said.
Bhatkal was detained Sunday after he arrived in Mangalore from Dubai. He is presently in the custody of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad. The police are now matching his picture with footage captured in the close circuit television cameras at the German Bakery to confirm that they have detained the same person.
Abdul is said to be close associate of the India Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal, a key accused wanted in the Ahmedabad and Delhi serial blasts.
Home minister P. Chidambaram had recently told the parliament that the Mumbai ATS has cracked the case and was on hot pursuit of the attackers.
He also said in parliament that “Pune terror incident was not because of lack of intelligence failure. He said there was fairly pin-pointed intelligence about the Chabad house and Osho Ashram. A written advisory was given to German Bakery thrice by the Pune police. But the German bakery took it lightly and did not have even the minimal security.”
In another significant development, the Chhattisgarh Police arrested six men for their involvement in the gruesome macabre of the 75 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and one constable of the state police on 6 April. Home minister owned up the responsibility and offered his resignation, but Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked him to continue.
The accused are identified as local naxal commander Barsa Lakhma, Hoymahidma, Podiyimidha, Kwasidudhera, Oyma Ganga and Durra Joga. They were arrested Sunday.
“They were keeping a close watch over CRPF movement in the area. With their arrest, we will now more about the planning and execution of attack carried out by them,” the home ministry official added.
The home ministry has also asked the state government to take action against Dantewada Superintendent of Police Amresh Mishra after founding lapses on his part that resulted into killing of the CRPF personnel.
“Dantewada incident is a fallout of complete leadership failure. We have asked the state government to conduct an inquiry and take action against them. Mishra was responsible for not sharing prior intelligence warning and not acting on it,” the official added.
While the centre acting on the recommendations of the E.N. Rammohan Committee report had transferred CRPF deputy inspector general Nalin Prabhat, commandant A.K. Bisht and inspector Sanjeev Bangre out of Chhattisgarh. “A code of inquiry is underway to fix nature of punishment against them.”