Bakery attack mastermind Yaseen Bhatkal in Bihar: ATS

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) yesterday told the court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) S S Bose during the police custody hearing of Mohammad Qateel Siddiqui — accused of trying to plant a bomb at the Shrimant Dagdushet temple — that the alleged Indian Mujahideen operative and mastermind behind the German Bakery blast, Yaseen Bhatkal, was hiding in Bihar. While accepting the prosecution plea, the court extended the police custody of Qateel till May 28. 

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ATS) Samad Shaikh, who produced Qateel in court in the afternoon, said in court: “As per the investigation of Qateel, we have came to know that Bhatkal is currently hiding in Bihar. However, Qateel is not cooperating and giving vague answers.”

Assistant Public Prosecutor A V Ausekar, while arguing for police custody, said: “During the police remand, the suspect has revealed a lot of information and to verify that it is necessary for the ATS team to visit Darbhanga and conduct extensive investigation along with the accused.”

Defence lawyer Kainath Shaikh told the court that the prosecution had had enough time to investigate the case and there was no need for further police remand. 

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