Indian Mujahideen re-born: Massive manhunt on for 25 members
Where are the 25 persons recruited by Yasin Bhatkal, months prior to his arrest in 2014. Yasin Bhatkal who had planned on fleeing to Pakistan via Nepal was arrested and during his questioning, he said that the Indian Mujahideen is not dead.
He wanted the show to go on and in order to ensure this, he set up a network before he decided to leave India. In the year 2013, he was in touch with several youth as he felt that the outfit needed more persons. Moreover he felt that once he was in Pakistan, these 25 members could carry forward the work he had done ie carrying out terrorist attacks.
The police have now learnt that he had held regular meetings with 25 persons who were appointed from Bhatkal, Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. These men are still out in the open. They may be looking to come together and bring the IM back to life.
Yasin Bhatkal confessed that he had set up a network of 25 persons to run the IM. He said that they had met frequently prior to his arrest. I explained to them that the show must go on. He also said that he was traveling to Pakistan and would continue to guide them from there.
The Intelligence Bureau and the police are trying to track down these persons. It is not possible that they must be holed up together the police and IB say. They may have spanned out to different parts of the country and planning a grand get together when they feel the heat on them has lowered, officials also say.