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Terrorists have accomplished Operation BAD

By Vicky Nanjappa
Last updated on: September 13, 2008 22:15 IST
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The Students Islamic Movement of India has done it yet again and this time the target was the highly-secure national capital New Delhi. Intelligence agencies believe that with this operation, the trilogy of terror operations termed as Operation BAD has been accomplished by the SIMI.

Operation BAD as decoded by intelligence bureau officials stands for Bangalore, Ahmedabad and New Delhi.

Soon after the Ahmedabad blasts, a call was made allegedly from Sabarmati jail in Gujarat to Pakistan. The conversation was intercepted by the IB. The person who made the call (not named as it may hamper probe) told a person in Pakistan, Operation BAD had been successful.

Based on this intercept, the IB and the Gujarat police decoded the message and came to the conclusion that BAD stood for Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi.

Gujarat Narendra Modi claimed that during his meeting with the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the National Security advisor he had warned them that investigations had revealed that Delhi would be the next target.

Intelligence Bureau sources told that SIMI, which is using the name Indian Mujahideen now, is trying to stamp its authority on the terror network in the country.

While BJP governments were the target in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, Delhi was attacked as it was the capital and any attack here would give them international attention.

Furthering the probe into Operation BAD, the IB says that the call could have been made to Rasool Khan, a former Gujarat-based don who now is in charge of HuJI operations in India.

Khan, who is based in Pakistan, is said to be controlling the SIMI network in India.

The IB also says that a man from Hyderabad, lodged in the Gujarat jail, had made the call to Pakistan. In this connection, the Hyderabad police had raided the house of Moulana Nasiruddin and also arrested his son Jabir. Moulana Nasiruddin had been picked up by the Gujarat police in connection with the Haren Pandya murder case.

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