The National Investigation Agency (NIA) recovered bomb-making equipment last week from a house in Goas Anjuna village,where alleged Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal lived in 2011-12.
NIA,during the search of the house,found bomb-making equipment, Goa CM Manohar Parrikar said. The house owner said the NIA recovered acid bottles from the residence. Bhatkal and two others rented the accommodation between November 2011 and December 2012 and left without informing the landlord,Dynaneshwar Chari. Parrikar said Goa was being used by criminals as a hide-out and locals should be careful while renting out houses.
The NIA sleuths brought Bhatkal to Goa by a chartered flight from Delhi on Saturday and left the same night after visiting the house in Anjuna,and Chimbel,a slum area near Panaji,police sources said. One person was picked up from Indiranagar Chimbel slum for interrogation and a second-hand motorcycle used by Bhatkal was recovered,they said.
Information provided by Chari at the time of renting the house does not mention Bhatkal. According to him,another man,who provided a Pune address,rented it and Bhatkal joined him later. Chari also said he did not remember the name of the person who rented the house.