Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh
New Delhi: It has long been speculated that terror outfit Indian Mujahideen was funded and controlled by the intelligence agency of Pakistan, the ISI. The speculations have been given credence by the terror suspect, Yasin Bhatkal, who as per reports has told his interrogators that the IM worked and operated at the behest of the ISI.
Pakistan has always maintained that the IM was home grown terror network in India and that they had nothing to do with it. However, after the crackdown on IM by the security agencies, Bhatkal`s brothers and co-founders of IM, Riaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal, are said to have fled to Pakistan and reportedly operate from there.
IM co-founder and mastermind of several blasts, Bhatkal, was arrested recently from the Indo-Nepal border. Another IM operative Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi was also picked up along with 30-year-old Bhatkal.
Bhatkal`s real name is said to be Ahmed Siddibappa. He was one of the most wanted men in India and was considered the inspiration and the backbone of the IM network. Said to be involved in several blasts in the country, he also allegedly masterminded behind the recent Hyderabad twin blasts in Dilsukhnagar.