Was the plot to bomb the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train hatched in Telangana? The police said that a seven-member module of the Islamic State known as the Kanpur and Lucknow ISIS Khorasan Module hatched a plot to bomb the train and also carry out a series of attacks in Uttar Pradesh.
Sources privy to the investigation tell OneIndia say that a seven-member module was formed earlier this year in UP. The Emir or chief of the module was Atif Muzzafar. The others in the module were G M Khan, Danish Akthar, Azhar Khalifa, Saifullah, Faizal Khan and Hamza Khan.
It may recalled that Saifullah was gunned down at Thakurganj in Lucknow following a 11-hour encounter that ended at 3 am on Wednesday. While probing the case, the weapons trail led to the operatives by Rishu and Rocky.
Several media outlets have been reporting that the train blast was a dry run. However Intelligence Bureau officials say that terrorists normally do not do trial runs as it tends to wake up security officials.
On Tuesday OneIndia had first reported that the tip-off regarding the module came following a call made by the operatives to a member in South India. It has been found that a call had been made to a module member in Telangana. Information about the presence of the suspects at Kanpur and Lucknow was first received at 5.15 pm on Tuesday following which the operation was launched. The police managed to arrest three persons apart from gunning down Saifullah in the raids that followed.