Most of us don't spend a lot of time focusing on terrorism in India. You might not have even heard of the Indian Mujahideen or "IM". As you might have guessed from the name, it's an Islamist extremist outfit bent on teaching those Hindus a thing or two. According to The Times of India, one of IM's leaders was intent on detonating a nuclear weapon in Surat.
The prospect of terror organisations getting their hands on a nuclear device has long concerned both security agencies and thriller writers. Now, it seems Indian Mujahideen India chief Ahmad Zarar Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal too was thinking along similar lines. Bhatkal recently told interrogators that he was planning to explode a nuclear bomb in Surat, according to sources.
was arrested on August 27 in , Nepal and has been constantly questioned by the NIA, and police of several states. TOI has accessed the interrogation report.
Bhatkal told the interrogators that he had asked his Pakistan-based boss, Riyaz Bhatkal, over phone whether the latter could arrange a small "nuclear bomb". According to him, Riyaz responded, "Anything can be arranged in Pakistan".
"Riyaz told me that attacks can be done with nuclear bombs. I requested him to look for one nuclear bomb for Surat," Yasin told the officials.
"Riyaz told me would also die in that (nuclear bomb blast), to which I said that we would paste posters in mosques asking every Muslim to quietly evacuate their families from the city," Yasin said, according to the report.
Fortunately Indian security types snatched Yasin off the streets in time. Just the thought of the Indian-Pakistani nuclear exchange this would likely trigger is horrific.