IM founder claims to have planted German bakery bomb
press trust of india
New Delhi, 1 September
Arrested Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal is said to have told interrogators that he received instructions from a Pakistani handler to carry out blasts in Hyderabad in February this year, officials privy to his questioning said today.
The 30-year-old Yasin alias Syed Mohammed Ahmed Zarar Siddibapa reportedly told interrogators that he had supplied explosives to a person for planting at various locations in Dilsukhnagar near Cyberabad, adjacent to Hyderabad city, the officials claimed. Two blasts rattled the Dilsukhnagar on 21 February this year killing 17 people and injuring over 100.
About the Pune German Bakery blast, Yasin, said he had planted the bomb. A Pune court had on 18 April, this year awarded death sentence to IM operative Himayat Baig in connection with the case.
His lawyer A Rahman had said that though they respected the verdict, they would appeal against it in Bombay High Court.
Yasin also gave details about his cousin Iqbal and Riyaz Bhatkal and said that they had not been coming to India. He said that Iqbal had visited Nepal earlier this year and was using satellite phone to talk too his masters in Pakistan.
During his questioning earlier by Bihar police, Yasin said he and his associate Asadulla Akhtar alias Haddi, used to take advantage of the porous Indo-Nepal border, 110 km of which is in Bihar.