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A 20-yr journey from shy student to terror kingpin

Posted by :) on February 26, 2013

Mateen Hafeez TNN 

Source – TOI

Mumbai: Seventeen-yearold Riyaz Shahbandri from Kurla was a shy civil engineering student at Nagpada’s Saboo Siddik polytechnic in 1993.Two decades later, he began making headlines as Riyaz Bhatkal, a suspected terrorist who has killed more people than don Dawood Ibrahim or hanged Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab. Today he is the most dreaded face of the banned terror outfit, Indian Mujahideen. And his name has cropped up again in connection with the twin blasts in Hyderabad last week.
Born in 1976 as Riyaz Ismail Shahbandri in Bhatkal village of Karnataka, he came to be known as Roshan Jamal. He used to live in the 60-year-old two-storey Qadir Mansion in Kurla here. His father, Ismail, had shifted from Karnataka to Mumbai to set up a purse-making business. Despite obtaining a degree in civil engineering, Riyaz couldn’t find a job and began helping his father in his business.
In 2001, Riyaz fell in love with a girl from Kurla but his family disapproved the relationship and he was finally married to Nashua, the daughter of a Bhatkal-basedbusinessman. A few months before his wedding, he came in touch with the Kurla unit of Students’ Islamic Moment of India (SIMI) and became a member of the outfit.
It was already divided into two factions then — extremists and the moderates. Riyaz preferred to stay with the first group.
“In 2002, he allegedly gave supari to kill the owner of Deepak Farsan in Kurla. The shooters killed the owner’s bodyguard and Riyaz was never arrested,” said an investigating officer.A city crime branch official said, “A year later, he entered Pakistan illegally and got training in operating fire arms and assembling explosives at a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) camp. In 2004, along with Atif Ameen (who was later killed in the Batla House encounter in 2008), Sadiq Asrar Shaikh (who is behind bars in Mumbai), Subhan Qureishi alias Tauqeer and Yasin Bhatkal (both absconding), he conducted his first training for Indian youths at Jolly Beach, a farm house in Bhatkal. Yasin, though hailing from Bhatkal, is not related to Riyaz. In 2005, the quintet executed their first terror blast at Sankat Mochan temple in Uttar Pradesh. ”
Oct 29, 2005 | Blasts at Paharganj, Sarojini Nagar and Gopal Nagar in Delhi, killed 62
March 7, 2006 | Sankat Mochan temple, Kashi Viswanath temple in Varanasi, killed 28
Nov 24, 2006 |
Faizabad, Lucknow and Varanasi courts
May 25, 2007 | Gorakhpur market Aug 25, 2007 | Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat in Hyderabad, killed 42
May 23, 2008 | Jaipur, killed 80 July 24, 2008 |
Bangalore, killed 02
July 25, 2008 |
Ahmedabad serial explosions, killed 56
July 26, 2008 | Surat (bombs defused)
Sept 13, 2008 | Delhi, killed 30 Feb 13, 2010 | Pune German Bakery blast, killed 17 July 13, 2011 | Mumbai triple blasts, killed 27 Aug 1, 2012 | Pune seria blasts
Total killed | 344

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