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What was Indian Mujahideen’s Yasin Bhatkal doing in Goa for a year?

Posted by :) on September 17, 2013


A team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) visited Goa on Monday evening along with Indian Mujahideen terrorist Yasin Bhatkal to probe his links in the coastal state. NIA investigatiosn revealed that Bhatkal had stayed in the tourism state for almost one year in 2011-12.

Police sources confirmed that Bhatkal was staying in the beach belts of Shapora-Vagator, 30kms from Panaji. A five-member NIA team also raided the house where Bhatkal stayed, owned by one Dyneshwar Chari, after it was revealed that the house was rented out illegally.

Yasin, the main accused in the German Bakery Bomb Blast in Pune in 2010, is said to be the mastermind of many blasts all over the country and was caught in an operation on the Indo-Nepal border in Bihar’s Raxaul town.

Goa Police Deputy Inspector General O P Mishra said that last night that the teams of NIA were in Panaji but did not share their intelligence inputs with the state police.

Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal

However, sources in the police department stated that NIA teams were trying to ascertain whether Bhatkal was recruiting youths from Goa into his terror network.

Goa has been on high alert since the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai, as the tourism state attracts over 2.6 million tourists annually, of whom at least half a million are foreigners, including a number of Israeli.

Bhatkal’s NIA custody extended till Sep 22

Meanwhile, the Indian Mujahideen co-founder’s custody with the NIA was on Tuesday extended till Sep 22 by a court in New Delhi. Bhatkal and his close aide Asadullah Akhtar, arrested from the India-Nepal border, were presented in the court here under tight security.

District Judge I.S. Mehta granted the NIA extended custody of Bhatkal after it said he was involved in subversive activities of causing bomb blasts in different parts of India since 2003. “I have perused the case diary and am satisfied that the accused Mohd. Ahmed Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal is required for interrogation. The accused Yasin Bhatkal is remanded to police custody up to Sep 22,” the judge said.

The NIA, seeking custody of Bhatkal, said: “The objective of the investigation of the case is primarily to uncover each and every aspect of the activity of IM and their hidden sleeper cells and operatives so that the number of terrorist activities being planned by the outfit could be prevented.”

The agency also told the court that Bhatkal had associates in Pakistan, Nepal and Middle East who were also involved in the case and more information regarding them has to be ascertained during his custodial interrogation.The agency’s Hyderabad unit moved a separate plea seeking permission to formally arrest Akhtar in connection with the Feb 21 blasts in Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar area. The court allowed the plea.

The twin blasts, which claimed 16 lives, were triggered by IEDs planted near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar area.

Bhatkal tops the Delhi Police list of 15 most wanted terrorists involved in bombings across the country.

He is a key suspect in the 2008 serial bombings in Delhi’s Connaught Place, Ghaffar Market and Greater Kailash areas which claimed 26 lives and injured 133 people.

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