Terror accused Yasin Bhatkal phones wife from jail, says IS will help him escape prison soon


The deadly Islamic State is reportedly planning to get Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal out of jail, according to indications from a phone call made by the terror outfit chief to his wife.

Sources say Bhatkal told his wife from the highly-guarded Hyderabad jail that he would soon be out of jail with help from Damascus. Police are worried as to how Bhatkal got access to a mobile phone in jail. It is being believed that the phone was smuggled into the jail a month ago and that Bhatkal and a few other criminals had access to it.

Bhatkal, who co-founded the Indian Mujahideen in 2008 with his brothers Riaz Bhatkal and Abdul Subhan Qureshi, was arrested in 2013 from the India-Nepal border in Bihar.

Being the only IM operative to stay in the country after a crackdown on the outfit, Bhatkal is alleged to have influenced the 2010 Pune Gernam Bakery blast that took 17 lives. Bhatkal is even suspected to be the person who planted the bombs.

Bhatkal is also main accused in a blast outside a Bangalore cricket stadium in 2010 before a match was scheduled to take place. Along with this, he is supposedly responsible for a long list of terror attacks in Hyderabad and Bangalore.

The IM operative’s suspected links with Islamic State have given rise to fears of the deadly terror outfit gaining foothold in India.


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