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Bhatkal mastermind of July 2013 blasts, ATS tells court

Yasin Bhatkal had prepared and planted a pressure cooker IED in a car which was parked near the gate number three of Jama Masjid. Yasin Bhatkal had prepared and planted a pressure cooker IED in a car which was parked near the gate number three of Jama Masjid.
Express News Service | Mumbai | Posted: June 17, 2014 12:32 am | Updated: June 17, 2014 9:30 am

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Monday filed a 542-page supplementary chargesheet against alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akthar before the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in connection with the July 13, 2011, Mumbai triple blasts case.

According to the chargesheet, Bhatkal was a key conspirator of the three bomb blasts – at a bus stop near Dadar Kabutarkhana, Opera House and Zaveri Bazaar – which claimed 27 lives and left 127 injured. The ATS has accused Bhatkal of planting the bomb at Dadar Kabutarkhana that left one dead and 14 others wounded.

This is the second supplementary chargesheet filed in the case. The ATS had arrested five persons – Naquee Ahmed, Nadeem Shaikh, Kanwar Pathrija, Haroon Naik and Mohammed Qafeel Ansari – who are facing trial under the MCOCA, sections of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant Acts.

Bhatkal and Akhtar, who were arrested in Bihar on the Indo-Nepal border in August last year, were not produced before the special MCOCA court. ATS officers informed the court that the two were in the Delhi Police’s custody and that a copy of the chargesheet would be handed over to them at Tihar jail.

The ATS has recorded 59 statements in all to build its case. Those still wanted in the case are IM co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal, Waqas Ibrahim Sad and Tehseen Akhtar Shaikh, said an ATS officer. Tehseen was arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell in March this year.

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