In a most shocking development, the NIA yesterday revealed that an ISIS inspired terror module, involved in the Ujjain train blast had made a failed attempt to carry out a massive explosion at Prime Minister’s Dusshera rally last year in Lucknow.
According to the NIA reports, during the interrogation of Mohammed Danish and Atif Muzzafar accessed on Thursday, the duo (along with other friends owing allegiance to the banned ISIS) confessed they had planted a bomb at Ramleela ground in Lucknow, where the Prime Minister was scheduled to address a rally on 17 October 2016.
Danish to the NIA revealed that their groups had carried out radicalization in many places of India and they desperately wanted to carry out blasts and test the level of radicalization and in the process had planted bombs in many places which turned out to be unsuccessful. He also revealed that Atif Muzzafar, who was the self-designated ‘Amir’ (chief) of the module, assembled a bomb using steel pipes besides chandelier bulbs for which he also had extended help.
Atif was one among the 7 members who were arrested on March 7 in Madhya Pradesh after a blast in a Ujjain Railway track. The Congress and the AAP had supported the same group just a month back and called the arrest un-lawful act and had demanded answers from the BJP government in MP.
Danish confessed that Atif had bought splinters (iron ball bearings) from a cycle shop, and also carried out a reconnaissance of the venue with another accused identified as Asif. When Atif was interrogated, he revealed the same saying he went to buy cracker material from Moolganj in old Kanpur.
But what is shocking is, Atif is said to have given this bomb to a retired IAF officer GM Khan, who had taken it to Lucknow on his bike which had a IAF sticker on it.
On 11th October, the group travelled to Lucknow and bought a new SIM card and contacted G M Khan and discussed the location where the bomb had to be placed. According to Danish, before Dusherra night, Atif readied the bomb and switched on the timer and kept it in garbage bin near the venue of the rally.
They were eagerly waiting for the bomb to explode and had made arrangements to celebrate. But even after 2 days, there was no news about any bomb explosion and so Atif went to the spot to check the fate of the bomb and found only small pieces of wires which he used in the crude bomb.
Danish told the NIA that, Atif had learnt about bomb making from the INSPIRE magazine which is reportedly unloaded by a group affiliated to banned Al-Qaeda.
It is really unfortunate that such terrorists are getting easy access to dangerous chemicals and equipment in the country. The shocking part is how could an ex-IAF officer be involved in such heinous act of plotting a terror act against the Prime Minister of the country.