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Arrested terrorist Yasin Bhatkal reveals Indian Mujahideen’s modus operandi

Yasin said that Riyaz Bhatkal,who is hiding in Pakistan,coordinates all attacks by the group.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: September 4, 2013 12:36 am

Says Riyaz coordinates all attacks meticulously.

Alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Mohammed Ahmed Siddibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal has claimed that absconding IM commander Riyaz Bhatkal,believed to be hiding in Pakistan,coordinates all attack carried out by the terrorist organisation.

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As per Yasin’s claims,Riyaz gets recce conducted through one module and then uses another module to trigger the blast. Both modules are largely unaware of each other.

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This,according to investigators,was the case during the 2013 Hyderabad blasts and 2012 Pune bombings,where the recce was conducted by one set of IM operatives headed by Syed Maqbool,while the bombs were planted by a group led by Yasin.

In Photos: Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal

Investigators also tried to make both Yasin and his accomplice,Asadullah Akhtar,meet their family members,but both of them refused.

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Yasin is also learnt to have told investigators that after the Hyderabad blasts,he was trying to keep a low profile fearing arrest by the Indian security agencies. It was for this reason that he was holed up in Pokhra,Nepal.

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Sources said the Nepalese authorities had also clandestinely clicked his pictures and sent them to their Indian counterparts to be sure about his presence in the house. Investigators also said that for a fortnight,“Yasin had completely stopped moving out of the house. We thought he might have slipped again and therefore decided to conduct a raid”.

Have prepared 100 associates ready to do anything at my bidding: Bhatkal

The location of Yasin’s hideout in Pokhra was given away by a letter purportedly written by him to his wife in New Delhi. The envelope sent through post is also believed to have contained cash,officials claimed.

Regarding IM’s finances,Yasin said the money is regularly sourced from Pakistan to recruit more youngsters.

Yasin and Akhtar have been kept inside a CRPF safe-house located on the outskirts of Delhi and manned by nearly 2,000 security personnel. A special security plan has been devised and put in place to monitor the two. The National Investigation Agency also said they will get psychoanalysis tests conducted on the duo to understand their behavior and state of mind. It has been learnt that the two have been frequently asking for breaks during interrogation,and are allowed to offer prayers five times a day.

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