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Iqbal Bhatkal, not Riaz Bhatkal, is Indian Mujahedeen chief: Yasin Bhatkal

Friday, 9 May 2014 - 7:00am IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna

Indian Mujahedeen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal has told terror investigating agencies that the outfit had only one leader, Iabal Shahbandri aka Iqbal Bhatkal, and not Riaz Bhatkal, as investigators believed so far.

There is no heirarchy in IM And Iqbal was the supremo of the outfit, Yasin Bhatkal revealed in his confessional statement to the Delhi police. The Delhi police has sent a copy of the statement to the Bangalore police, which includes Yasin Bhatkal admission that he was personally involved in the Chinnaswamy Stadium twin blasts on April 17, 2010.

He reportedly told his interrogators that Iqbal was final decision-making authority on the terror attacks that IM would carry out. "At the behest of Iqbal, his younger brother Riaz used to plan the attack and arrange funds for it," a senior police officer, told dna, on the condition that he won't be named.

"All these days we believed that Riaz is heading the IM and his brother Iqbal was supporting him. But the confession statement provided by the Delhi police says Iqbal is the chief of the organisation and it has no other hierarchy. However, we do not have much details about Iqbal being the head," the officer said.

In his statement, Yasin confessed that he was in constant touch with Bhatkal brothers and he had supplied improvised explosive devices (IED) to Riaz Bhatkal in Udupi about 8-10 days prior to Gokul Chat and Lumbini Park blasts in Hyderabad on August 25, 2007. "He has also stated that each and every time he received material for preparation of IEDs from Riaz. Riaz also sent money for all the things from Dubai and Pakistan."

Yasin also said that the Bhatkal brothers were in hiding at Karachi in Pakistan, according to the the officer.

The officer also revealed that when Yasin was in Bangalore police's custody he had told them that IM planned to carry out blasts at Garuda Mall on Magrath Road. However, the officer refused to divulge more information on this.

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