HYDERABAD: In what could be a major embarrassment for the security officials, co-founder of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) Yasin Bhatkal made calls to his wife violating the security norms from the highly-guarded Hyderabad jail.
According to the sources from Delhi Police, Bhatkal during the phone call told his wife that he would be soon out of jail with the help from Damascus hinting at him getting a possible help from terror group Islamic State (ISIS).
It appears that the security agencies are more worried about how Bhatkal actually managed to access mobile phone in the high security jail rather than the IS angle.
Further investigations on the matter have revealed that the mobile phone with Bhatkal had been smuggled into the prison almost a month ago and the militant along with some other criminals had access to it.
Who is Yasin Bhatkal?
Originally named as Muhammad Ahmad Zarar Siddibapa, Yasin Bhatkal was arrested in 2013 from the India-Nepal border in Bihar.
Resident of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka, Bhatkal co-founded the Indian Mujahideen in 2008 with his brothers Riaz Bhatkal and Abdul Subhan Qureshi.
His name was added in the Most Wanted List of NIA and the security agencies had been looking for him since last five years.
Bhatkal, alleged to have been involved in the 2010 Pune German Bakery Blast that killed 17 people is the only top Indian Mujahideen operative who decided to stay back in the country after the attack on the outfit.
His involvement in the blasts
IM attacks have killed more than 225 people and left a big number injured for life. The organization has masterminded 12 attacks some of which include 2007 Uttar Pradesh serial bombing killing over 20 people, 2008 Jaipur bombing leaving 80 innocents dead, 2008 Bangalore serial blasts which killed 2, 2008 Ahmadabad blasts killing 56 people, Delhi September 2008 serial blasts killing over 30 people, 2010 Pune bombing leaving 20 dead, 2010 Jama Masjid attack injuring two, 2010 Varanasi bombing murdering 2, 2011 Mumbai blasts killing over 30, 2013 Hyderabad blasts killing almost 20 and 2013 Bodh Gaya attack which injured many.
2007 Uttar Pradesh Bombings
Six repeated blasts rocked Varanasi, Lucknow and Faizabad courts in Uttar Pradesh on November 23, 2007 in a short span of 25 minutes which killed over 20 people and injured many.
2008 Jaipur Bombings
Nine synchronized bomb blasts on May 13, 2008 in Jaipur within a span of 15 minutes on different locations of the Pink City created terror in the city. The 10th bomb was also found but was defused in time. This was the first ever attack in Jaipur by any terrorist group.
2008 Bangalore Serial Blasts
Occurred on July 25, 2008, the Bangalore serial blasts devastated the city with nine explosions which killed 12 people and injured over 25 people. The city police informed that the blasts were caused by low-intensity crude bombs triggered by timers.
2008 Ahmedabad Blasts
A series of 21 blasts had hit the Ahemadabad city in a span of 70 minutes which killed 56 people and left over 250 injured.
2008 Delhi Serial Bombings
Five synchronized bomb blasts on September 13, 2008 within a span of five minutes at different locations of the national capital left many under a shock. The blasts killed over 30 people leaving hundreds injured.
2010 Pune Bombing
The tragic incident of February 13, 2010 where a bomb exploded at famous German Bakery in the city killed almost 20 people and injured over 60 people including an Italian woman, two Sudanese students and an Iranian student.
2010 Jama Masjid Attack
Two gunmen on a motorcycle fired at a tourist bus near Gate number 3 of Jama Masjid in old Delhi on September 19, 2010 which injured two Taiwanese tourists. The intention of the attack was to provoke fears about the security for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Three hours later, a car parked approximately 150 meters from the spot caught fire apparently due to a minor blast.
2010 Varanasi Attack
The blast at Sheetla ghat in Varanasi on December 7, 2010 during the sunset aarti (the evening prayer ritual) killed a two year old girl sitting on her mother’s lap. The mother along with many others was amongst the list of critically injured.
2011 Mumbai Bombings
Often referred as 13/7, the blasts in Mumbai on July 13, 2011 were a series of three corresponding explosions at different locations of Mumbai including the famous Opera House, Zaveri Bazaar and Dadar west localities which reportedly killed almost 30 and injured almost 150 innocents.
2013 Hyderabad Blasts
Two blasts in the city of Hyderabad exploded in Dilsukhnagar, a crowded shopping area within 100 metres of each other on 21 February 2013. The attack reportedly killed many and injured a big amount of people.
2013 Bodh Gaya Bombings
A series of ten bombs exploded in and around Mahabodhi temple complex on July 7, 2013 which injured five people including two monks. Three other devices were defused by bomb disposal squads at various locations in Gaya.