Security agencies were put on high alert after receiving intel that terror organisation Indian Mujahideen has started making new sleeper cell modules.

Intelligence agencies have been put on high alert after they received inputs of terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen making new modules of sleeper cells. India Today has received exclusive information from agencies that top terrorists of Indian Mujahideen, who had been hiding in different countries, including Pakistan, have set up a new module of a sleeper cell in India.

Sources said Pakistan’s ISI is behind the rise of the sleeper cells.

The Indian Mujahideen carried out dozens of terrorist attacks in Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat, Bangalore Hyderabad, Pune, and Bihar from 2006 to 2013-14, in which hundreds of people lost their lives. The IM carried out serial blasts in Delhi in 2008.

Various central agencies and special cells of police departments in various states, including Delhi, had carried out operations to weed out the IM sleeper cells.

In 2018, Delhi Police Special Cell, along with central agencies, arrested Subhan Taukri, the founder of Indian Mujahideen, who had been hiding in Nepal for several years, and Ariz alias Junaid, who was absconding since the Batla House encounter. The agencies believed that IM had been almost wiped out with the arrest of the two.

However, according to the information received by India Today, the last few terrorist attacks in India bore marks of the IM. This prompted intelligence and security agencies to spring into action.

According to sources, Nasir, one of the terrorists who recently carried out an attack with a parcel bomb at Darbhanga railway station, went to Pakistan for training in 2012, when he met Indian Mujahideen's number one terrorist, Riyaz Bhatkal, in Karachi.

Recently, the Delhi Police Special Cell, in collaboration with central agencies, had busted a big terror module of ISI and the underworld. Anish Ibrahim, the brother of Dawood Ibrahim, was leading this module. ISI allegedly mounted pressure on ISI and Khalistani terrorists to carry out attacks in India to destabilise the country.

The Darbhanga attack was the result of this pressure by the ISI. The attack was executed by terrorists sitting in Pakistan, after fleeing from India, through a sleeper cell.

Former ED Director Karnail Singh said: “Terrorists in Pakistan try to activate these sleeper cells. Sleeper cells are those that remain inactive till the time of executing an attack. Terrorists from these cells are sent to Pakistan, trained and then established in a particular area in India with funds.”

“They then set up businesses to put up an impression of leading normal lives. When IM or any terrorist organisation feels that an attack needs to be carried out, they activate these ‘cells’,” he said.