The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has identified Zahid Miyan, who is based in South Africa, as the conspirator who prepared the list of RSS and BJP leaders to be targeted.
The list was prepared on the instructions of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's aide Chhota Shakeel and another called Javed Chikna.
The NIA has issued a red-corner Interpol notice against Miyan, alias Jabo, sources told the Times of India. The sources also informed the NIA that Miyan was a D-company man working out of South Africa.
"He received directions from Javed Patel alias Chikna and Chhota Shakeel to prepare a list of Hindu leaders. Jabo then contacted Yunus Shaikh alias Manjaro in Bharuch while Javed Chikna's brother Abid Patel was tasked to assist him. They identified RSS and BJP leaders after which a list was allegedly shared with Jabo and Chikna in South Africa through email and chat," a source told the daily.
It is believed Javed Chikna, who is part of Dawood's team now, operated out of Karachi in Pakistan.
A team of people was sent to the United States and South Africa to try and uncover details about the conspirators who planned and executed the murder of Gujarat-based right-wing leaders Shirish Bangali and Pragnesh Mistry on 2 November.
According to investigators, Dawood Ibrahim directed the two to make the list of RSS and BJP leaders to avenge the hanging of Yakub Memon earlier this year, the Times of India reported.
Reportedly, a sum of Rs 50 lakh was paid to the killers to eliminate the two Gujarat leaders, after which the police arrested seven people in connection with the killing, reported the Times of India.