New Delhi: The recent arrest of Aathesham
Malik, an alleged Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist, has brought to
fore new modus operandi of Pakistan-based terror outfits and
ISI in imparting training to manufacture explosive devices
using readily available material like fire cracker powder.
Shedding conventional ways of crossing over from Line of
Control (LoC), ISI is now using the Wagah border for crossing
over of misguided Kashmiri youths who are received by ISI
agents and operatives of LeT.
According to Delhi Police officials, a new training
module has been introduced by ISI and LeT to fabricate
Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) using easily available
cracker powder and sulphuric acid.
The 24-year-old Aathesham, who visited Pakistan in
December last year for three weeks, told the police as to how
he had been imparted the training of mixing cracker powder
with sulphuric acid stored in capsules for a delayed time
Normal scientific equipments like conical flask, beakers
and pipette -- commonly used in chemistry laboratory -- were
being used for fabrication of IED, the officials said.
The video recovered from the baggage of Aathesham, who
was going to plant an IED in cloth market of Chandni chowk in
the walled city of the capital, showed terrorists` instructors
teaching fabrication of IED using the firecracker powder, they
The officials believe that ISI and other terror groups
were looking for more readily available material for
manufacturing of the IEDs after the Government came down
heavily on loose sale of Ammonium Nitrate, a common explosive
The explosive material used would have been instrumental
in creating a fire which could have possibly gutted the entire
cloth market as it was difficult for the fire brigade to enter
the narrow by lanes of the old city, police feared.