However, any concrete proof regarding the same is yet to be found. Agencies are also bothered about the fact that Riyaz Bhatkal is hiding in Pakistan and is keen on merging the IM and the Al Qaeda. One of Riyaz's lieutenants Yasin Bhatkal was arrested last year at Nepal border. In September, Qaeda had announced a branch for the subcontinent, vowing to attack India and other countries in the South Asia. Indian intelligence officials now believe that Bhatkal's men are being trained by Al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Waiting to play its trump card in India
With an aim to corner India, the Al Qaeda has asked the Indian Mujahideen to abduct Israelis from India and bring them to Afghanistan where they could be kept as hostages. In turn, the Al Qaeda agreed to train IM cadres.
Senior intelligence officers rue,"This confirms our worst fears. It means now you can have a terror strike in India as revenge for something in USA or Syria."
One such evidence are the Bodh Gaya blasts in Bihar. The IM said that it had carried out the blasts as a revenge for alleged atrocities by Buddhists in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims.
ISI's gradual exit
The relation between ISI and Indian Mujahideen has soured ever since the latter joined hands with the Al Qaeda. In fact, in the decrypted conversation, Riyaz called the ISI "dogs". Experts now believe that the MUjahideen now sends one member every month by rotation to train with the Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.