A four-member NIA team Saturday took Yasin Bhatkal to various locations in Darbhanga in Bihar,where the top IM operative is alleged to have created a module of the terror group between 2007 and 2011 with at least two trips to the town.
With 13 Bihar youths arrested for terror links in the past five years,the NIA is investigating Yasins links with Darbhanga,Madhubani and Samastipur,where he is said to have run indoctrination and recruitment drives.
The arrest of Faseeh Mehmood,Ghayur Ahmad Jamali,Kafeel Ahmad,Gauhar Aziz Khomaini and Qateel Siddiqui (killed in Pune jail) was enough evidence for the NIA to quiz Yasin on his Bihar activities,said officials.
The team that brought Bhatkal to Darbhanga around 10 am took him to a house at Saidnagar Abanda area under Laheriasarai a twin town of Darbhanga. He was later taken to Chakjohra area,believed to be a hideout for IM suspects. During his stay at Laheriasarai in 2007,Yasin allegedly moved around these areas as a marketing man promising jobs to Muslim youths.
The NIA also took Yasin to a private school he used to visit to hold meetings in its library and the school where his friend Kafeel Ahmad,from Barh Samela village,used to teach. The librarian reportedly refused to recognise Yasin,saying he joined the school in 2010 and it was likely his predecessor might recognise him.
At Karimganj,Yasin was taken to his favourite Urdu book shop from where he used to buy religious books. He was later taken to Shivdhara Chakjamal village under Babbi police station where Kafeel Ahmad got him a rented accommodation during his second Darbhanga trip. It was in this trip that Yasin consolidated his grip and made contacts with youths of several villages. Sources said Yasin had over 100 contacts in Darbhanga.
The NIA sleuths quizzed the house owner here.
The NIA team finally took him to house of one Mohammed Arif at Sara Mohanganj under Sadar police station. Yasin reportedly used to stay at Arifs house while changing his locations during his Darbhanga trips. He was known more as Unani medicine practitioner Dr Imran,who used to travel in a sports vehicle. A tea vendor near Arifs house reportedly recognised Yasin and recalled his animated conversation with locals over tea.
According to sources,it was at the rented accommodation at Sara Mohanganj where the conspiracy for the 13/7 blasts was hatched.