Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal received Rs 18 lakh through the hawala route to execute terror attacks across India between 2009 and 2012, including the blasts at the Chinnaswamy stadium in 2010, an additional chargesheet filed by the Bangalore police here on Wednesday has stated.
According to the chargesheet, top IM leaders based outside India provided financial assistance and guided Yasin to explosives used to execute the attack. Yasin has said he received Rs 18 lakh from Riyaz Bhatkal and Mohsin Choudhary through the hawala route to fund operations.
Yasin Bhatkal, who was taken into custody by the Bangalore police earlier this year to establish his role in the Chinnaswamy blasts case, confessed during interrogation, according to the additional chargesheet.
The city police have filed a 269-page chargesheet against Yasin in the five cases registered at the Cubbon Park police station in connection with the blasts on April 17, 2010, a few minutes before the start of an IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
Seventeen persons, including policemen, were injured in the blast when two of five bombs planted by IM operatives exploded outside the stadium.
The police have submitted 55 additional documents and quoted 32 extra witnesses in the chargesheet. A total of 14 accused persons were named in the original chargesheet filed in July 2012. Nine of the accused have been arrested and five, including Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Mohsin Choudhary, are still at large.
In his statement attached to the chargesheet, Yasin said he had intended to plant two more IEDs at the stadium that were more powerful but could not do so. He claimed to have thrown the two IEDs in the Nagavalli lake near Tumkur before he escaped from Karnataka. “I had defused those two powerful IEDs by removing the battery and detonators. I tied them with a stone and threw it into the lake,” he reportedly confessed.
Police sources said they tried to find the IEDs in the lake but failed since it was thrown nearly four years ago.
Yasin has also explained how he gathered his associates, reached Tumkur and prepared the IEDs.
Yasin chose Tumkur for his hideout as he wanted to stay near Bangalore and one of his friends stayed in the town. “We planned to strike the stadium as per the directive of Riyaz and Mohsin to attract international attention,” Yasin said in the statement. Police sources said the IM were inspired by the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan.
According to the chargesheet, Yasin prepared the IEDs on April 16, 2010 and planted them on the intervening night of April 17. The old newspapers used to wrap the IEDs were procured in Tumkur and the ball bearings, bronze color plastic sheet, blue color plastic wire, gum tape, fuse wire were bought at the Kalasipalyam market and the batteries at Burma Bazaar in Bangalore.