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Indian Mujahideen Used Social Networking Sites: Delhi Police

Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives extensively used social networking sites like Facebook and other e-mail chats to communicate with each other, including with its co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal, to execute their terror plans, Delhi Police has told a court here.

"The accused persons disclosed a number of Nimbuzz IDs, Yahoo IDs, Paltalk IDs, Gmail IDs and Facebook IDs used by them over the previous months/years for communication/chat and to receive and sent encrypted files and fake documents at different times at different locations....," it alleged.

In its supplementary charge sheet against six suspected IM men in connection with a case relating to allegedly setting up an illegal arms factory here, Special Cell of Delhi Police claimed these accused were using e-mails and chat messengers to communicate with the absconding Bhatkal.

The police also claimed that these accused were "often using proxy IPs" and were installing proxy softwares in their computers to hide their actual locations.

It also said Nimbuzz, a mobile-cum-computer application for free messaging and calling, was the "preferred mode of communication" among the IM operatives.

The police has disclosed this in its supplementary charge sheet in which suspected IM operatives Zia-Ur-Rehman, Tehsin Akhtar, Mohd Waqar Azhar, Mohd Maroof, Mohd Saquib Ansari and Imteyaz Alam have been arrayed as accused. They all have been arrested.

They have been listed in the charge sheet for various offences punishable under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Explosive Substances Act, the Arms Act and the IPC.

The charge sheet was filed in connection with a case of allegedly setting up an illegal arms factory here from where a huge quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered.

The police had in November 2011 busted the illegal arms factory located in Meer Vihar area of Nangloi in Outer Delhi and had claimed that a huge quantity of IEDs, explosives materials, arms and ammunition were recovered from the factory. 

In its charge sheet, the police also claimed that IM operatives were planning to send letters "soaked with poison" to their targets to kill them.

During interrogation, Tehsin Akhtar and Mohd Waqar Azhar disclosed that they had made efforts to make poison with the help of available chemicals, it claimed.

The police had earlier filed charge sheets against IM India chief Yasin Bhatkal, his aide Assadullah Akhtar and various others, including suspected IM operative Quateel Siddiqui who had died inside Pune's Yerawada central jail in June 8, 2012, in connection with the case.

Tehsin was arrested from near Kakarvitta Indo-Nepal border in Darjeeling district of West Bengal on March 25.

Zia-Ur-Rehman was arrested outside Ajmer Railway Station on March 22 and his three associates -- Maroof, Azhar, both residents of Jaipur, and Ansari, a resident of Jodhpur, were arrested by the police on March 23 and thereafter, brought to Delhi.

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