ISI funded Patna serial blasts, say sources

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 15:59

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi/Patna: As speculated, the funding of the recent serial blasts in Patna had come from Bihar, Zee Media has learnt.

Highly-placed sources have told Zee Media correspondent Dinesh Sharma that the Patna serial blasts – which primarily targeted BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s Gandhi Maidan rally on October 27 – were funded by Pakistan’s notorious Inter Services Intelligence, or ISI.

The ISI had provided the money to Indian Mujahideen’s Riyaz Bhatkal – one of India’s most wanted terrorists – who is being called the mastermind of Patna blasts.

Riyaz had in turn handed over the money to Tehseen Akhtar, who is on the run. Tehseen then gave the money to one Haidar, who further distributed the same among six terrorists who planted the 18 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

The six terrorists were trained by Haidar for over two years at an undisclosed location. They were joined by Tehseen about one-and-a-half months back.

The money was brought to India from Pakistan through Hawala channel, and all along Riyaz was in contact with Tehseen who was the local mastermind of the blasts.

The money was used to buy the IEDs used in the attack.

To protect Pakistan’s identity, the terrorists did not use mobiles or any other satellite communication to establish contact between them. They instead used Internet chat messengers, including Yahoo and Nimbuzz, to communicate with each other, sources said.

First Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 15:59

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