Indian Mujahideen wanted Gujarat to bleed
The Indian Mujahideen had planned big attacks in Gujarat to avenge the 2002 riots, its operative Yasin Bhatkal told the police. Bhatkal, who is in Gujarat on a transit remand was questioned by members of the Anti Terrorism Squad.
Yasin said that the IM wanted to carry out several more blasts in Gujarat as they wanted to send out a loud message and avenge the killings in the 2002 riots and the Babri Masjid demolition.
On July 26, 2008, 20 blasts rocked Ahmedabad in which 56 people were killed. After the blasts, Yasin travelled to Surat where he wanted to carry out another blast. He said that he had planned on planting 29 bombs and triggering off a series of blasts.
"Our plan was focussed around Gujarat. We wanted to carry out big attacks in the state," he said. The ATS is currently going through his conversation with another key operative, Asadullah Akthar. During the conversation, both are heard discussing their plan to carry out deadly attacks in Gujarat.