How a mobile recharge of Rs 20 helped NIA crack the court blast cases
The Base Movement is the latest headache for security agencies in South India. The outfit came to the limelight after it had carried out a spate of attacks outside courts in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.
After each attack, the group would leave a note claiming responsibility for the incident. For long it was a blind case and the National Investigation Agency entrusted with the probe had a tough time cracking the case.
There were four persons who were part of this group which was headed by Abbas Ali. He took the support of Dawood Suleiman to purchase SIM cards. Suleiman first prepared a fake voter id which was in turn used to purchase the SIM cards.
The NIA had managed to trace these numbers. However, when the NIA tried to arrest these persons based on the address they had used in the voter's id, they landed up at the wrong place. The operatives had used the address of an innocent person.
However, the big breakthrough came thanks to a Rs 20 recharge. The NIA checked the call detail record of the number beginning with the digit 9. This led them up to a crucial source of information and that was the Rs 20 recharge that these operatives had done. This proved to be the crucial breakthrough which helped the NIA crack the case.
An NIA officer who was part of the probe informed that the Base Movement is an ideology floated by a couple of youth. It subscribed to the ideology of the al-Qaeda and even derived its name from it. The NIA explains that the name was derived from the al-Qaeda in the Sub-Continent. The original name of the AQIS is Jamaat Qaidat al-jihad fi'shibhi al-qarrat al-Hindiya. When one translates this into English, it becomes Organisation of the Base of Jihad in the Indian Sub-Continent.
Further, the NIA states that the group had discussed at length the Charlie Hebdo attack in France. They had planned on replicating a similar operation against some media outlets in South India. The planned attack was however meant to be a series of bomb blasts and not a fidayeen strike as one had witnessed in the case of Charlie Hebdo.
It may be recalled that a newspaper in Tamil Nadu had been threatened for posting a comment post the Charlie Hebdo attack. The NIA has learnt that this threat message had been issued by the Base Movement itself.