NEW DELHI: Indian Mujahideen ideologue Bashir Hasan alias Talha, popularly known as Masterji among its cadres, was a close associate of Safdar Nagori during their SIMI
days. It was from Nagori, a top leader of the Students Islamic
Movements of India, that Talha, arrested on Sunday, had learnt the
skills to motivate youths.
His interrogation has revealed that
he had been associated with militant outfits for a long time and knew
about the blasts carried out by IM since 2007. Sources say Talha,
arrested from Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday and brought to Delhi
on Monday, also knew Yasin Bhatkal alias Shahrukh - the Indian chief of
IM, and Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal from the days of SIMI.
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