Bhatkal may be brought to City next week

Bhatkal may be brought to City next week

Bangalore police have not yet got a chance to interrogate Mohammad Ahmad Siddibapa, known as Yasin Bhatkal, who is presently in the custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

A special team formed by the City police and consisting of investigating officers of previous terrorism cases had recently been to Delhi to question Bhatkal. It, however, had to wait in a queue of sorts and could not get access to the man.

A senior officer, who was part of the team, said the Union Ministry of Home Affairs was yet to respond to a request to grill Bhatkal. A team, led by a senior officer, would leave for Delhi again after the City police are intimated that they would gain access to the terror suspect. At present, NIA has taken Bhatkal to Hyderabad to interrogate him about the Dilsukhnagar blasts and other terror-related activities in that city.

A senior NIA official told Deccan Herald that the man was being taken to various cities across the country where he is said to have been active. So far, the suspect has been taken to Bihar, Goa and other places. The officer, however, refused to confirm whether Bhatkal had been taken to Mangalore as well, as was widely reported.

Schedule not fixed

The NIA sleuths are expected to bring the suspect to Bangalore anytime the next week to investigate his alleged activities in the City, although the schedule is not fixed yet.

Bhatkal has been named in the charge sheet filed by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) in the Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts of April 17, 2010. As per the charge sheet, Bhaktal was hiding in Tumkur, along with three of his alleged associates, at that time. The case, however, is with the CCB, not NIA.

According to NIA sources, though the agency was not investigating the said blasts, it was interested in the activities of Bhatkal and his reported network in the City.