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IM sought help from Nepal-based Maoists for arms: NIA


New Delhi: Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal sought the help of Nepal-based Maoists for procuring arms and ammunition but it did not fructify as they quoted very high rates, NIA has said in its charge sheet filed in a Delhi court.

During a chat Yasin had with another IM operative Riyaz on June 25, 2013, he mentioned he had met a top Maoist leader the day before, but the meeting was not that productive.

“He (the Maoist leader) was claiming very high rates for the supply of weapons. Yasin mentioned that he did talk about explosives, but they did have explosives which could be filled in tubes,” NIA said.

“Efforts were made for contacting Maoists in Nepal for seeking their aid…,” NIA gave these details in its second charge sheet filed before a court here, against Mohd Ahmed Siddibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal, his aides Asadullah Akhtar, Manzer Imam and Ujjair Ahmed in connection with a case of alleged conspiracy to carry out terror acts in the country.

It further said that Yasin was acting upon the direction of absconding accused Riyaz, who asked him to contact Maoists of Nepal, in order to seek their assistance.

“During a chat with Riyaz on November 28, 2012, Riyaz asked Yasin to establish contacts with Maoists there, since they could be great help in procuring arms and ammunition for their organisation…

“Riyaz asked Yasin whether he had contacted the Maoists, since they had several items of arms dump/arsenal, provided in large numbers by China,” NIA said.

It further stated that on December 16, 2012 Yasin had told Riyaz that he met one Maoist leaders, an Muslim convert, who had promised to provide weapons licence for Nepal.

“During chat of Yasin with Riyaz on December 20, 2012 Riyaz asked A-6 whether the meeting with Maoists had happened, to which he replied in the negative. Yasin said that he had met two Maoists but they were not fit for their purpose…,” NIA said.