On trial with Abu Jundal, man who revealed plot to attack Narendra Modi

In 2007, Indian Mujahideen operatives met in a small room in Pune where they discussed plans by a group of four fidayeen to carry out suicide bomb attacks on leaders such as Narendra Modi, L K Advani and Uma Bharti, one of the group's members has told the police.

Bashir Hasan alias Talha Abdali, 46, who made the revelation, will be tried together with Zabiuddin Ansari as the Delhi Police Special Cell have arrested them in the same terror case — for belonging to banned organisations. Fasih Mahmood, an IM member and an engineer absconding from his home in Saudi Arabia since May, is also a suspect with non-bailable warrants against him.

"In 2007, I went to Pune on the invitation of Yasin Bhatkal and stayed there for 12 days and discussed plans to target political leaders Narendra Modi, L K Advani, Uma Bharti and others who were against Muslims. I came to know that four fidayeen — Hasan, Najeem, Sayyad and Chhotu — had been prepared for the strikes," Hasan reportedly told interrogators.

Bashir Hasan, a resident of Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, trained in Pakistan in 2004. Following the revelation, investigators made attempts to trace these men but there were no specific identification details. The disclosure is part of the chargesheet filed by the Special Cell last month, six months after they had arrested six IM members.

"Ansari may or may not know about this plan as he interacted with the top rungs of the LeT as well as the IM. All these terror groups are interconnected," said an officer.

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