NIA custody of Yasin extended

The court also allowed the NIA’s plea to take Bhatkal and Akhtar’s DNA sample and handwriting specimen.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 11, 2013 1:03 am

The custody of alleged Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar under the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was extended till September 17 on Tuesday.

The NIA has claimed that the two were the centrepieces in a series of blasts that took place across the country as a part of a larger conspiracy. The court also allowed the NIA’s plea to take Bhatkal and Akhtar’s DNA sample and handwriting specimen.

The two were produced in court after 12 days of custodial interrogation by the NIA. The NIA had sought extension of custody for an additional 15 days,while arguing that during the interrogation,it was discovered that the two had been using several email accounts and chat identities to stay in touch with their associates and handlers in Pakistan.

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