How the 9/11 attacks were linked to India
New Delhi, Nov 18: The Indian link to the 9/11 attacks has come up again with former Delhi police commissioner, Neeraj Kumar stating that part of the financing was done by operatives from Kolkata.
The spotlight comes back to Aftab Ansari, a dreaded militant of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen who was brought to India from Delhi for his role in the abduction of a businessman and also an attack on the American centre in Kolkata.
Ansari was one of the few persons who was aware of the 9/11 plot and he had contributed the money he had received as ransom after the abduction of a businessman. What is even more shocking is that Ansari who is currently lodged in the Alipore jail in West Bengal until last year continued to operate.
The intelligence bureau had intercepted a call from the Alipore jail to Karachi. The conversation recorded between Jawed Baluchi from Karachi and Ansari was relating to a abduction plot in India which was fortunately foiled by the police.
The 9/11 link to India
Roy Burman the vice chairman of Khadim shoes was abducted by a gang of five headed by Aftab Ansari. It was alleged that a part of the Rs 3.65 crore ransom that they had got was pumped into New York to help with the planning of the 9/11 attack. Ansari had to be deported from the UAE at the behest of the US after this link had come up.
Ansari after the abduction had stayed on in India for a year before he executed the American Centre bombing in 2002 at Kolkata. After this he fled to the UAE before being deported to India.
Ansari however continued with his activites despite being lodged in jail. The 2014 intercept suggests that they were planning an abduction and also an attack in Delhi.
An officer with the intelligence bureau informed that the ransom amount that they were planning on demanding was around Rs 4 crore. While a part of the money was to be used for the Delhi strike, they had planned on moving some money to Pakistan.
During the calls they speak in coded language and whatever the agencies have managed to decode it points towards a major strike and also raising funds for a foreign operation. There were several calls that were made between Karachi and Alipore.
All the numbers that were used in the Alipore jail were from Haryana and the police have been directed to probe this angle to the case.
We also witnessed the 9/11 attacks which according to a CIA dossier was partly funded by Ansari and his men. Some of the men who reported to Ansari had managed to slip out and they carried the funds to Pakistan which was used to float the Indian Mujahideen.
Sudip BandyopadhyayAll India Trinamool Congress
Rahul SinhaBharatiya Janata Party