Yasin Bhatkal taken to Bihar for probe

Meanwhile, his aide Asadullah Akhtar was taken to Hyderabad for his role in the February 21 blasts this year Patna/Hyderabad: Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal was brought to Darbhanga district in Bihar, yesterday by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which raided several places on the basis of information Bhatkal provided. His aide Asadullah Akhtar was taken to Hyderabad for a probe into the February 21 bomb blasts. “The NIA raided at least six places including those where he reportedly resided during his visit to Bihar,” a district police official said.

Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Akhtar were arrested on August 28

“The NIA team will take Bhatkal to the neighbouring districts of Samastipur and Madhubani in search of other Indian Mujahideen operatives.” Bhatkal revealed to the NIA during interrogation about his connection with Bihar’s Darbhanga, Samastipur and Madhubani districts,” the officer said.

Meanwhile, NIA officials took Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi to a few places at Bahadurpura in Hyderabad, where he along with some others allegedly resided and made the bombs. Bhatkal and Akhtar were arrested in Raxaul in Bihar’s East Champaran district along the India-Nepal border last month.

Akhtar revealed before the investigators the details of the places they visited in Hyderabad before carrying out the blasts. The twin blasts at the crowded Dilsukhnagar market claimed 18 lives. The NIA is investigating whether Akhtar and Bhatkal received any local help in the terror attacks. Bhatkal and Akhtar, allegedly involved in several bomb blasts in different parts of the country, were arrested by Bihar police on the India-Nepal border on August 28.  

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