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IM planned to target Puri Rath Yatra ?

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar :

If sources are to believed, the Puri Rath Yatra which attracts nearly a million devotees and tourists every year was a target of the Indian Mujahideen’s (IM).

A source in Delhi claimed that this is what two arrested IM members revealed during an interrogation by a special cell of Delhi police.

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The source said two arrested IM cadres Tehsin Akhtar and Pakistani bombmaker Waqas told the interrogators that their outfit had planned to target the Rath Yatra in Puri and create a stampede-like situation by planting serial bombs to ensure maximum casualties.

“It is a cock-and-bull story that is making rounds in media circles. The IM cadres have not said anything of this kind to a Delhi police. Someone must have added Puri Rath Yatra to the IM target just to create undue sensation and panic” a senior police official told OST.

While admitting that Delhi police had shared some details with them about IM operatives visiting the state, the official said these wild claims by rumour-mongers were found to be wholly incorrect, imaginary and baseless.

The Delhi source also claimed that IM operatives have also said there were plans to carry out a second attack on Bodh Gaya because the first attempt ended in a whimper. Bodh Gaya was an important target, they said, because it would get them worldwide attention, sources said.