Mumbai, Jul 14: The serial blasts that rocked India’s financial hub on Tuesday were not a result of an overnight terrorist operation.
Blast suspects: The photos of Fayaz Kagzi (L) and Sayyad Zabiuddin released by Mumbai Police
CNN-IBN has found out that the coordinated attacks were the result of a well-planned, well-executed conspiracy hatched over many months using local foot-soldiers.
Terror networks used the anger created by the 2002 Gujarat riots to execute the attacks in Mumbai on July 11. The alleged persecution of minorities during the riots outraged many young Muslims.
Government agencies believe some young men were instrumental in networking and establishing terror cells across the country that carried out terror attacks across India.
Some of them were:
- The Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar in September 2002.
- The blast in a Best Bus in Ghatkopar in December 2002.
- The explosion in a local train in Mulund in March 2003.
- The twin blasts at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar in August 2003.
Agencies suspect that Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba is involved in July 11 blasts and it used the same network that comprised activists from banned Islamic organisation the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI)
"They had to have local support to carry out their activities so they have agents which are very difficult to find,” DGP Maharashtra, P S Pasricha said.