Yasin Bhatkal

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Yasin Bhatkal
Born (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 (age 34)
Bhatkal, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Founder of Indian Mujahideen
Indian Mujahideen

Mohammed Ahmed Siddibappa, named Yasin Bhatkal by Indian investigative agencies, is the founder leader of the proscribed terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen (IM). He was listed on the NIA Most Wanted until his arrest on the India-Nepal border near Motihari, Bihar on 28 August 2013.[1] Yasin undertook arms and explosive training in Pakistan in 2006 to launch terror attacks.[2]He has been sentenced to death by a NIA court in Hyderabad on 19 th of Dec 2016. [3]

Early life[edit]

Ahmed Siddibapa was born on 15 January 1983 to Zarar Siddibapa and Rehana. He studied until the 10th grade at Bhatkal, Karnataka. After not being able to clear his 10th grade examination he left for Dubai in November 2005. According to his family, Ahmed disappeared from Dubai in January 2007.[4] Few years back he married a girl named Ekta at New Delhi. He told her that he was Imran hailing from Lucknow.[5] Since 2010, he was living in the guise of Dr. Shahrukh, a Unani Doctor at Pokhara, Nepal.[6]

Militancy[edit]

Bhatkal is accused of direct involvement in over 10 separate bombings in India.[7] These include the 2008 Delhi bombings and the 2010 Varanasi blasts.[8] He is also suspected to have played an active role in the 2006 Mumbai serial train bombings.[9]

2008 Ahmedabad bombings[edit]

According to Ahmedabad Crime Branch, Bhatkal arrived in Ahmedabad in July 2008, where he rented a house in Danilimda along with Ashadullah Akhtar alias Haddi. The Crime Branch alleges that Bhatkal made the bombs used to carry out the series of 21 bomb blasts in the city on 26 July 2008 were made in the rented premises.[7]

2010 Bangalore stadium bombing[edit]

In 2010, the Karnataka investigators had alleged that the attacks were likely to have been carried out by a jihadist cell led by Karachi based jihadist, Riyaz Ismail Shahbandri's key lieutenant Yasin . Soon after the arrest of several of Sidibapa's alleged associates from Darbhanga, in Bihar police began investigating Fasih Mehmood's possible role in the cell.

2012 Pune bombing[edit]

Indian Investigators suspect Yasin, had planted one of the bombs on Jangli Maharaj road on 1 August, when four low-intensity blasts occurred in Pune.[10]

Capture and interrogation[edit]

Yasin was traced and detained at the India-Nepal border in Nepal by Nepal Police and handed to Indian Police on 28 August 2013. He was the second big catch for Indian security agencies after the arrest of Abdul Karim Tunda, a key Lashkar-e-Taiba operative and expert bomb-maker, who was arrested from the India-Nepal border on 16 August. "He is presently in the custody of Bihar Police. His interrogation is going on", said the Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde at the time. The arrest of Yasin alias Ahmed Siddibappa alias Shahrukh is being seen as a major breakthrough in the agencies' protracted efforts to break the back of the Indian Mujahideen, the Lashker-e-Taiba-backed indigenous jihadi outfit behind the Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune and Jaipur blasts. "This is the biggest success after the Batla House operation, following which the IM was forced to slow down its activities," said an intelligence official. [11][12][13]

On 31 August 2013, during initial interrogation, Bhatkal admitted to recruiting young men from Bihar for terror attacks across the country.[14] Yasin Bhatkal admitted his involvement in carrying out the 2011 triple blasts in Mumbai. He admitted to the investigative agency that he was the mastermind behind the blasts and he is satisfied with whatever he has done and has no remorse or regret whatsoever.[15]

Bhatkal, and his associate Ashadullah Akhtar, was flown from Delhi to Ahmedabad by a special Border Security Force (BSF) plane on 6 April 2017 for interrogation by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch. Crime Branch had sought a transfer warrant for both men in August 2013, accusing them involvement in the 2008 Ahmedabad bombings. However, Section 268 of the Code of Criminal Procedure under which both were detained, bars the transfer of an accused delaying the transfer.[7]

Trial and sentencing[edit]

The NIA filed two chargesheets against Bhatkal, Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas, Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, Tahaseen Akhtar and Aijaz Sheikh in 2014. The NIA alleged that "Bhatkal, along with other conspirators, developed different modules and sleeper cells in Delhi, Darbhanga in Bihar, Nanded, Mumbai, Pune, Bhatkal in Karnataka and Hyderabad." All five men were put on trial in the NIA court Cherlapally Central Prison. The trial began in August 2015 and concluded on 7 November 2016. During the trial, a total of 158 witnesses were examined, 201 pieces of material evidence were seized, and over 500 documents were produced in court. All five men were found guilty by the court on 13 November They were convicted under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 121 (waging war against the country) and 121-A (conspiracy to wage war) of the Indian Penal Code, as well as the Arms Act and various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.[16][17][18]

Bhatkal is currently lodged at Tihar Jail in Delhi.[7]

Arms training in Pakistan[edit]

Yasin Bhatkal allegedly entered Pakistan in early 2006 on a regular commercial flight from Dubai even though he did not have a visa and was whisked away from the aircraft by his contacts to avoid immigration checks. Yasin was taken to a hilly region with little habitation around, about 8–10 hours from Karachi and believed to be somewhere in the Pakistani province of Balochistan. "Next day our training started. There were six instructors, who I understand were from Pakistan army," he has said, adding that he and some other recruits were taught to handle weapons and explosives and make bombs during the training that lasted about 50 days. Yasin has told interrogators that he spent about 50 days in Pakistan undergoing training to launch terror attacks and returned to Dubai in the same manner after his hosts stamped his passport with fake immigration stamps to show that he had entered and exited India.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ list.http://www.nia.gov.in/wanted/wanted.aspx
  2. ^ http://www.indianexpress.com/news/i-was-allowed-to-enter-karachi-without-visa-skip-airport-immigration-yasin/1173833/
  3. ^ http://m.ndtv.com/hyderabad-news/yasin-bhatkal-four-others-sentenced-to-death-for-2013-hyderabad-blasts-1639496
  4. ^ "Read statement by Yasin Bhatkal's family after he was arrested". Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Yasin Bhatkal married Zahida faking as Imran of Lucknow". Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Meet Dr Shahrukh, a Unani Doctor from Pokahra Nepal". Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Yasin Bhatkal brought to city". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Yasin Bhatkal, 4 others sentenced to death for 2013 Hyderabad blasts". http://www.hindustantimes.com/. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2017.  External link in |website= (help)
  9. ^ http://www.livemint.com/Politics/yWcFnOYN925gxOQxG1tZpJ/Yasin-Bhatkal-4-others-get-death-sentence-in-Hyderbad-bla.html
  10. ^ "Yasin one of the August 1 Pune bombers? – The Times of India". The Times of India. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Indian Mujahideen Co-Founder Arrested". Indistan News. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Bihar Police arrests Indian Mujahideen Founder Yasin". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin arrested". 
  14. ^ "Yasin Bhatkal admits recruiting Bihar youth for terror attacks". Zee News. 
  15. ^ http://www.theindianrepublic.com/featured/yasin-bhatkal-admits-executing-2011-mumbai-blasts-regrets-100042198.html
  16. ^ Das, Shaswati (19 December 2016). "Yasin Bhatkal, 4 others get death sentence in Hyderbad blasts case". Mint. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  17. ^ "Yasin Bhatkal, 4 others sentenced to death for 2013 Hyderabad blasts". http://www.hindustantimes.com/. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2017.  External link in |website= (help)
  18. ^ "Hyderabad blast case: Yasin Bhatkal, four others get death sentence by NIA court". The Indian Express. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  19. ^ http://www.indianexpress.com/news/i-was-allowed-to-enter-karachi-without-visa-skip-airport-immigration-yasin/1173833/

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