Bengaluru, April 28: The Indian Mujahideen split over money and not ideology investigators have learnt. There was a huge split in the Indian Mujahideen back in 2013 and this was due to money and not ideology, investigators probing Zainulabdeen have learnt.
Abdeen was arrested by the Maharashtra ATS in connection with the 13/7 Mumbai serial blasts. The result of this split witnessed the Ansar-ut-Tawhid being formed.
The AuT is a wing of the ISIS which recruits Indians into the outfit. The split was engineered by Yasin Bhatkal who is currently in jail.
For carrying out a series of blasts which killed over 300 people he felt that the payment given to him was not sufficient.
However, Bhatkal had managed to convince the rest such as Sultan Armar the head of the AuT that the IM leadership was drifting away from its core ideology.
Money mattered and hence the split:
It was after the blasts at Dilksukhnagar the Yasin Bhatkal decided to once again bring up this issue relating to money with one of the founders of the IM, Riyaz Bhatkal. He asked Riyaz Bhatkal why he and his men were being given a paltry sum despite carrying out so many successful attacks and doing all the hardwork.
The issue had been raised several times by Yasin in the past especially after every successful attack, but Riyaz always brushed it aside.
However, after the blasts at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad, Yasin decided that he would have a face to face meeting with Riyaz and rake up this issue. However Yasin was arrested at the Nepal border.
Sultan Armar however felt that the ideology of the IM was drifting. He also felt that Riyaz was under the control of the ISI and was leading a luxurious life in Karachi.
Sultan decided along with his brother Shafi that they would join an international group and hence chose the ISIS where they felt that the money would be good. This led to the big IM split and the creation of the Ansar ut Tawhid.