The Research and Analysis Wing suspects the involvement of Chhota Dawood, Dawood Ibrahim’s protégé, and Rasool Khan Yakoob Khan Pathan in the serial bomb blasts in Gujarat and Bengaluru.
Chhota Dawood, who is operating from Peshawar in Pakistan, and Rasool are said to have founded the Indian Mujahideen, which has claimed responsibility for the Gujarat, Jaipur and Uttar Pradesh blasts.
The two men are reportedly in touch with India’s most wanted fugitive, Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, and work under his instructions and that of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency.
A red corner notice had been issued by Interpol for Rasool for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai riots.
Chhota Dawood and Rasool were allegedly involved in the assassination of Gujarat minister Haren Pandya in March 2003 in Ahmedabad, the 2003 bomb blasts at Gateway of India and Zaveri bazaar in Mumbai and the twin Hyderabad blasts at Lumbini Park and Gokul Chaat Shop in 2007.