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Family of accused was shifting to Pak, claims Yasin Bhatkal

It may be recalled that IM had set up Darbhanga module which was responsible for series of explosions including Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.

The family of 2010 German bakery blasts accused, Mohsin Chaudhary, was in the process of shifting to Pakistan, arrested Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, who is presently in the custody of Maharashtra ATS, is reported to have claimed. Yasin also reportedly gave details of the conversation between him and Riyaz Bhatkal where he alleged Mohsin’s younger brother Tahseen and other family members were being harassed by the Maharashtra Police.

A resident of Pune, Mohsin reportedly fled to Pakistan after his name cropped up in multiple blast cases beginning 2008. He was also named in the chargesheet filed by Maharashtra ATS along with Mirza Himayat Baig in German bakery blasts. The explosion had led to death of 17 people and injured 57. Yasin, however, contradicted the investigations conducted by Maharashtra ATS in the German Bakery blasts and said that he, along with Qateel, assembled the bombs and Mohsin was not present.

Qateel, arrested in 2011, was murdered inside Pune jail. In its chargesheet filed in 2010, Maharashtra ATS had claimed that Baig along with Mohsin and Yasin assembled a bomb laced with RDX at his Global Cyber Cafe in Udgir. Next day, Baig, Choudhay and Yasin reached Pune by a state transport bus and on the same evening Yasin planted a bomb at German Bakery.

The latest interrogation details of Yasin also revealed that Mohsin has assumed the identity of Ashfaq in Pakistan. Yasin claimed Mohsin’s younger brother Tahseen was picked up by the police soon after the 2013 Hyderabad twin blasts but later let off after which he had plans to kill the policemen who troubled his family once they shift to Pakistan. The cops reportedly also gave a cellphone to Tahseen and asked him to report any suspicious activity.

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According to chats between Riyaz and Yasin, during his stay in Nepal, Mohsin had sent documents through his younger brother to one of his conduits in Pune. According to Yasin, Riyaz had asked him to prepare somebody from Nepal to go fetch Mohsin’s family from Pune. Tahseen, along with the family members, were first supposed to reach Darbhanga in Bihar by train from where they would have sneaked them to Nepal.

He claimed Riyaz had fake passports prepared for the family and they would have left for Pakistan from from Kathmandu. But the plans were put on hold as Maharashtra ATS intensified its pressure on the family.

It may be recalled that IM had set up Darbhanga module which was responsible for series of explosions including Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.