In Hindi, 'ISIS Handler' Told Gujarat Suspects 'You Just Have To Plant'

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In Hindi, 'ISIS Handler' Told Gujarat Suspects 'You Just Have To Plant'

FIR filed by Gujarat ATS alleges Wasim was in touch with ISIS handlers on secured phone app

AHMEDABAD:  Two brothers arrested by Gujarat's Anti-Terror Squad for links with the ISIS were allegedly getting their instructions on a secured phone app in Hindi and Urdu, suggesting that their unidentified handler too is an Indian national.

Wasim Ramodia and Nayim Ramodia were under surveillance for a year before they were arrested by the ATS over the weekend. They were remanded in ATS custody for 12 days after the squad told a Rajkot court that they were planning to bomb a religious place.

The Centre's lead anti-terror agency, National Investigation Agency, that tracks radicalization among the youth, has also reached Ahmedabad to question the alleged ISIS operatives.

In its FIR, a copy of which is with NDTV, the ATS has reproduced excerpts from Wasim's chats with a profile IDs "One Goal' and 'Big Cat' that the police say were used by his handler. In these, Wasim is told to kill an infidel and send across the video and then, promised a readymade bomb that he would just have to plant.

In one chat, Wasim tells 'One Goal' that he had already collected 150 gm of explosive, to which the handler tells him in Hindi, to collect 400 gm but from different shops.

In another chat, this one with 'Big Cat', Wasim is told: "Bhai dekhein kaam aisa hoga ke saman kissi jagah tayyar halat mein appko milega aur aap usse target par jake sirf rakhna hai. (We will work out the task in such a way that you will get readymade material and you just have to plant it). In his replies, the FIR says Wasim showed willingness to take up the assignment.

The third excerpt of the chat, also with 'Big Cat" has Wasim saying that he was ready for the big job. The handler tells him to kill some infidels and make video that should be sent to him.

The ATS has also submitted voluminous call recordings to the court but concede they are yet to identify others involved in the larger conspiracy, the handlers and people with who the two brothers were associated.

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