Yasin Bhatkal ar­rested


In yet an­other ma­jor break­through for se­cu­rity agen­cies in In­dia, Yasin Bhatkal, a key con­spir­a­tor in sev­eral bomb blasts and co­founder of the banned In­dian Mu­jahideen (IM), and an­other IM op­er­a­tive Asadul­lah Akhtar alias Haddi, were ar­rested from the In­dia-Nepal bor­der in Bi­har’s Rax­aul town.

Yasin, orig­i­nally named Mo­ham­mad Ahmed Zarar Sid­dibappa, is on In­dia’s list of 12 most wanted ter­ror sus­pects. He is in­volved in Pune’s Ger­man Bak­ery blast and blasts in Delhi, Hyderabad, Ben­galuru and Mum­bai.

He and Asadul­lah were ar­rested near Na­har Chowk in Rax­aul, East Cham­paran dis­trict, about one km from the in­ter­na­tional bor­der of Nepal. The Bi­har Po­lice de­tained him in Rax­aul and the National In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency made the for­mal ar­rest.

Yasin was plan­ning to carry out blasts dur­ing the up­com­ing fes­ti­val sea­son of Di­wali and Dussehra and had come to In­dia to scout for lo­cal sup­port to ex­e­cute his plan.

Dur­ing his in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Yasin is learnt to have “re­vealed a lot about Pak­istan’s role in sev­eral se­rial blasts in In­dia. He has also pro­vided in­for­ma­tion about the hide­outs of other op­er­a­tives in In­dia and Kath­mandu,” an of­fi­cer said.

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