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Six states seek Bhatkal's custody

Bangalore/New Delhi, Aug 29, 2013, DH News Service

The police from six states, including Karnataka and Delhi, are hoping to question top Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist Yasin Bhatkal in connection with the terror cases there.

Mumbai, Hyderabad and Gujarat Police are also sending teams to Delhi to interrogate the 30-year-old.

The Delhi Police have already said that they will seek custody of Yasin, who is wanted in four cases of terrorism in the capital. His name had cropped up for the first time before the elite anti-terror wing, special cell, soon after the Batla House encounter in September 2007.

Yasin was in the capital in late 2011 and escaped before he could be arrested. The Karnataka Police have formed a special team of senior officials to interrogate Yasin, who is the prime accused in the Chinnaswamy Stadium blast case.

A senior official, part of the special team, told Deccan Herald that after the intelligence agencies and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), it is obviously the state police who will have to get access to Yasin.

He said since Yasin is from Bhatkal and the IM is dominated by the Bhatkal brothers, it is they who can solve the mystery surrounding the IM.

The team wants to interrogate Yasin on the origins of the IM, about Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, his relation with them, the extent of Inter-Services Intelligence penetration in south India. Hyderabad Police chief Anurag Sharma said a team will be sent to Bihar to question Yasin and Akthar about their involvement in the February 21 blasts in Dilsukhnagar.

Meanwhile, a team from the Maharashtra ATS left for Delhi to interrogate and seek custody of Yasin in connection with various blast cases, including Pune’s German Bakery blasts.

The crime branch of the Ahmedabad Police will also seek Yasin’s custody as he is one of the main accused in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts case and is wanted in 35 different cases in Gujarat.

The special task force of the Kolkata Police wants Yasin’s custody as, in the past, the city has been the corridor for supplying explosives to the IM.


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