Waqas and the other three of the Rajasthan module had been working under the direction of Akhtar who had told them to be ready for strike but did not disclose the target, police said.
In 2010, Waqas had reached Kathmandu from Pakistan along with Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi (arrested with Yasin Bhatkal) in September 2010 and was received by Tehseen Akhtar. From Nepal, Waqas came to Darbhanga in Bihar where he met Yaseen Bhatkal and other members of the Bihar module of IM. This module then carried out the Jama Masjid attacks on Sept 19, 2010. After successfully executing the Jama Masjid terror strikes, Waqas returned to Bihar, police said. Tehseen Akhtar along with Yasin, Haddi and Waqas was also involved in the Mumbai serial blasts carried out at Opera House and Zaveri Bazar on July 12, 2011 when Yasin was the boss. After the Mumbai blasts, the next strike carried out by them was the Pune serial blasts of August 1, 2012. After this, Rehman and Haddi left for Mangalore and settled in a safehouse, investigators said. According to police, in Mangalore, Rehman received instructions from Riyaz Bhatkal to prepare for carrying out bomb blasts in Hyderabad. In early February, 2013, Rehman and Haddi shifted to Hyderabad where Tehseen also joined them. The Hyderabad serial blasts were executed by them on February 21, 2013. After carrying out the strike, Rehman returned to Mangalore and stayed there for some time. (PTI)