Yasin Bhatkal and four other Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives were sentenced to death on December 19, 2016 in relation to the twin blasts in Hyderabad in 2013. The blasts which occurred at Dilshuk Nagar killed 130 people. Yasin Bhatkal is the founder of the terror outfit and this is the first time the National Investigative Agency (NIA) has convicted a top leader of the organisation.
Yasin Bhatkal, Haddi, Zia Ur Rehman, Mohammed Akhtar and Ajaz Shaikh were held guilty by an NIA court on December 13. However, the prime suspect and the mastermind behind the attack, Riyaz Bhatkal (Yasin Bhatkal’s brother) is on the run and is believed to be in Pakistan.
As reported by the Firstpost, “It was a wonderful investigation carried out by the team in which every evidence was examined minutely. This is the first ever conviction of Indian Mujahideen cadres,” said Sharad Kumar, Director General of NIA.
According to the Hindustan Times, “The NIA court felt that the twin blasts case falls in the category of rarest of rarest crimes and hence, all the five accused are liable for death sentence,” the National Investigation Agency (NIA) advocate told reporters.
Besides the death sentence, the court also imposed penalties ranging from Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000 on the five convicts.
Sources: Indian Express, Hindustan Times, NDTV, FirstPost
NIA has finally established the identity of the main undercover recruiter of ISIS as Shafi Armar, who worked on building up of modules to carry out multiplicity of terror attacks in various Indian cities. Armar, has been a former member of Indian Mujaheedin, who works for ISIS, under the cover of Yousuf al Hindi.
Armar’s name first floated up in 2014, when NIA was interrogating IS suspects in Ratlam, and thereafter in repeated succession while further interrogating other IS suspects. His primary task was to motivate and radicalize Indian youth in favor of a universal “Islamic caliphate”, rather than employing the more popular method of harping on local problems of Indian Muslims.
Successive raids on January 22 and January 23 on a pan-India basis including all major cities, helped NIA to unearth the Indian module, working under the banner of “Janud ul Khilafa al Hindi”. He was the lynch pin of all ISIS activities who also co-ordinated with other terror groups providing them financial and logistic support, to reap terror in India.
Shafi’s mode of preaching was primarily online, using social networking sites and apps. His literature on how to make bombs using household goods or how to make a light bulb detonator was popular among his disciples. Armar remains the only absconding member, who is now operating in Syria, while five others who are to be charge-sheeted in the pan-India remains in Tihar jail.
Pune: Home minister Rajnath Singh has ordered the CRPF to give Z-plus security to Amit Shah , BJP general secretary and party in charge for Uttar Pardesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah is also expected to become the party’s next president.
A Home Ministry official said that “The intelligence Bureau has given a report that says terrorist could target Shah and he is under high threat from the Indian Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Pakistan-based terror outfits”.
Shah was arrested in 2010 in connection with the alleged fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kauser Bi and Sheikh’s associate Tulsiram Prajapati.
Other top leaders like Sangh Parivar, including RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, could also be soon upgraded to security cover.
The state anti-terrorism squad (ATS) on Thursday arrested suspected Indian Mujahideen(IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal in connection with the German Bakery blast case. The arrest was allowed the special MCOCA court in Mumbai. Bhatkal will be produced before the Shivajinagar court amid heavy police security.
“The Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court has allowed the ATS to take Bhatkal to Pune; he will be procedurally arrested there and will be produced in the court there tomorrow,” said Vinod More, his lawyer.
Seventeen people were killed and 64 injured in a blast at German Bakery, a popular eatery in Pune’s Koregoan Park area in February 2010.
A senior police officer from the ATS, Pune, confirmed Bhatkal’s arrest. “We will produce him before the court on Friday,” the officer said. The ATS had already obtained a warrant from the Shivajinagar court for Bhatkal’s arrest in connection with the German Bakery blast case. The warrant was produced before the court in Thane seeking permission for the arrest, the officer said.