Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Yasin Bhatkal is now an accused in 13/7

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) on Monday filed a 542-page chargesheet against Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged India chief of banned outfit Indian Mujahideen, and his aide Asadullah Akhtar, alias Tabrez, before a special MCOCA court.
The two have been accused of planning and executing the 13/7 blasts, which killed 27 people and injured 127 on July 13, 2011.
The police had earlier filed chargesheets against five men in the case. “Since Yasin and his aide were arrested in the later stages, we filed a supplementary chargesheet against them,“ said an ATS officer. The two were arrested on August 29, 2013, by the NIA and the Bihar police on the Indo-Nepal border.

The ATS took them in custo dy on February 5 this year.

The supplementary chargesheet states that it was Bhatkal who assembled the three 13/7 bombs with the other accused and even went to plant them. “After planting the bombs, he fled the city ,“ the chargesheet states. The RDX bombs exploded at Zaveri Bazar, Opera House and near the Dadar railway station in the evening. The charges against the accused include murder, attempt to murder, damage to public and private property, and being a part of a terror outfit. If the charges are proved, they may get the death penalty. In the chargesheet, the police have disclosed the role of a new accused, Wasim, alias Ibrahim, who is still wanted.

“The arrested and the wanted accused formed an organized crime syndicate to promote insurgency , thereby causing three bomb blasts at three locations.

There is sufficient evidence on record to prosecute the accused,“ said the chargesheet.
The ATS said that Rs 10 lakh was sent from Dubai to Delhi to one of the accused, Kanwanain Pathrija, through hawala channels.

The money was later given to Bhatkal and used for the blasts, as per the chargesheet. It also said that Yasin and Tabrez had planned to blow up a police van in Dadar, but did not have the time to plant the bomb, which was dumped in a dustbin.

IM's suspected chief Riyaz Bhatkal and his brother Iqbal are both believed to be in Pakistan. Their Indian operations are believed to be led by Yasin, who is suspected to be involved in over 40 terror cases.

The Times of India, June 17, 2014

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