The Indian Mujahideen is a divided house today. Riyaz Bhatkal who was one of the co-founders of the outfit finds himself isolated and the current bandwagon is being headed by Sultan Ahmed Armar. Riyaz who initially wanted the Indian Mujahideen to side with the al-qaeda was dumped by other members of the IM as they felt he was just playing along with the ISI which ran nothing but its own agenda.
There are ample chat transcripts to show how the rest of the Indian Mujahideen headed by Armar broke away from Riyaz Bhatkal and dumped his plan of joining the al-qaeda. Armar felt that Riyaz was only suggesting an al-qaeda tie up because he was asked to do so by the ISI which wanted to ensure that it loses no control over a large number of terror outfits making a clamour for the ISIS and heading towards Afghansitan.
Why Riyaz Bhatkal was isolated
On October 7 2014, Sultan Ahmed Armar the prime recruiter for the ISIS re-christened himself as Maulana Abdul Rehman al-Nadwi al-Hindi and declared support to the Caliphate led by Abu-Bakar Al-Bhagdadi. Sultan Armar who chatted with the id firstname.lastname@example.org with Yasin who used the id email@example.com several times.
Armar who was based in Pakistan then used to complain about Riyaz Bhatkal and how his entire agenda was being controlled by the ISI. Both in their chats discussed the possibility of a leadership change and felt that they needed to get together and set up an Indian Mujahideen independent of Riyaz Bhatkal and the ISI.
Another conversation between Riyaz on his chat id firstname.lastname@example.org with Armar pressurizes him into joining the al-qaeda. However Armar made it clear that they were keen on joining the battle in Syria with the ISIS instead of the al-qaeda.
IM was stopped from joining ISIS
Yasin Bhatkal during his interrogation accuses Riyaz Bhatkal and the ISI of trying to stop him from joining hands with the forces in Syria. He was to travel to meet Armar in Pakistan where they had decided to float an outfit independent of the ISI and Riyaz. However he got stuck at the Nepal border and there was none to take him from there and in the bargain he got caught by the Indian agencies.
IM remains divided
Today the Indian Mujahideen is split into two. While the module set up by Riyaz who has a bare minimum strength in India has not taken off, the break away faction headed by Armar which runs under the banner of the Ansar-ut-Tawhid has made a lot of headway. They are focusing entirely on ISIS related recruiments.
Indian Intelligence Agencies say that Armar will play his cards very safe. If at all he finds that the al-qaeda is ready to work alongside the ISIS in the future and show no signs of bending towards an ISI agenda then he will recruit for both the groups as well. However a lot that Armar would plan would depend on the Tehrik-e-Taliban which is part of this group called the Ansar-ut-Tawhid.