Yasin Bhatkal, the primary conspirator in various bomb blasts in India as well as the co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen (IM), was arrested from the India-Nepal border in Bihar’s Raxaul town on 29 August 2013. Apart from Yasin Bhatkal, IM operative Asadullah Akhtar was also arrested from the same place.
The Original name of Yasin Bhatkal is Mohammad Ahmed Zarar Siddibappa. He was on the India’s list of 12 most-wanted terror suspects. He was involved in various bomb blasts in India including the ones which took place in Pune’s German Bakery, as well as in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad. He was detained near Nahar Chowk in Raxaul, East Champaran district, which is situated around 1 km from the international border of Nepal. He was detained by the Bihar Police. The official arrest was made by National Investigation Agency.
The police in the meanwhile also revealed that he had planned to carry out the blasts during the season of Diwali and Dussehra.
Who is Yasin Bhatkal?
• Yasin Bhatkal or Mohammed Ahmed Sidibapa is the alledged founder of terrorist organization Indian Mujahideen (IM).
• He was listed on the National Investigation Agency’s Most Wanted.
• He was born in the year 1983.
• He studied till class 10th at Bhatkal. Thereafter, he went to Dubai in the year 2005. In January 2007, he disappeared from Dubai.
Indian Mujahideen (IM) is the Islamist militant group which is based in India. It carried out various attacks against civilians in the country. The group is said to be the front for the Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba. On 4 June 2010, IM was declared as a terrorist organisation by the Union Government of India. IM was also banned in the year 2010. On 22 October 2010, another country- New Zealand also declared it as the terrorist organisation. In September 2011, the United States also placed IM on the list of terrorist organisations.
Who: Bihar Police
Where: Bihar's Raxaul town
When: 29 August 2013