PATNA, 15 June-2014, Gyan Prakash/TNN: Indian Mujahideen operative Haider Ali has made startling disclosure before the intelligence agency that he and Tehsin had trained 15 persons as suicide bombers (fidayeen) in Seethio forest of Ranchi district in Jharkhand.
Haider, on police remand, was taken to Ranchi by the NIA and IB officials to ascertain the spot where he trained the youths for fidayeen attack. He said the 15 would attack any particular place or person on the order of Lashkar-e-Taiba unit operating from Karachi. Informed sources, however, said he did not divulge the whereabouts of the 15 suicide bombers.
Sources said Haider had, in fact, trained around 3,000 persons in Seethio forest over a period of time. While others were trained in firing shots from pistols of different bore and SLRs, 15 were trained as suicide bombers. Haider also demonstrated to the officials how to use suicide jacket and how he trained the youths.
Sources further said when the NIA team reached the spot in the forest, they found some life jackets in which suicide bombers hide bombs and explosives. A few jackets were also test-fired by the NIA officials with the purpose of diffusing it after hanging those from a tree.
The NIA court at Patna had remanded Haider and Mozibullah to police custody. Both were taken to Ranchi and the places where youths were trained in arms and ammunition. Both were brought to the state capital on Friday night, produced before the court which forwarded them to Beur jail. Sources said NIA is now busy in locating those 15 persons who were trained by Haider.