Ahmed Zarar Siddibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal
Mumbai: The state anti-terrorism squad, which executed the transfer warrants of suspected Indian Mujahideen founder Ahmed Zarar Siddibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar, will grill them first on the 13/7 blasts.
On July 13, 2011, three bombs exploded at Opera House, Zaveri Bazar and a bus stop in Dadar, claiming 27 lives. “Though Yasin is wanted in cases that are as old as 2008, we want to question him first in the Opera House and Zaveri Bazar blasts as Akhtar is also a co-accused in these cases. If we sought his custody in the 2010 Pune’s German Bakery blast or terror emails in 2008 Gujarat blasts, we won’t get Akhtar’s custody. Hence, we decided to question them where they have common role,” said a senior ATS officer.
While Yasin with the help of his elusive accomplice Tehseen Shaikh allegedly planted a bomb at the Dadar bus stop, Akhtar planted a bomb at Opera House. “Akhtar and his accomplice Tabrez had rented a room in Habib apartment in Byculla after Yasin instructed to stay them there. They made the bombs in this room and ferried them to the sites on July 13, 2011,” the source said. The accused has also got SIM cards for mobile phones using forged documents. “The first tip-off about the bombs came while the ATS was probing the SIM card fraud,” the officer said.
The ATS may keep Yasin in custody for two months for the 13/7 blasts, two SIM card fraud cases, two bike theft cases, 2010 German Bakery blast and conspiracy to bomb Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh Temple. Then the Mumbai crime branch will secure Yasin’s custody to question him in connection with three emails that were sent before and after the 2008 Gujarat blasts and four car theft cases. The cars were stolen from Navi Mumbai and used in the blasts.
The Times of India, September 13, 2013