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Police gets 15-day time to conclude probe against Bhatkal, aide


New Delhi: A local court has allowed Delhi Police’s plea seeking more time to conclude its probe into a case lodged against Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar for allegedly setting up an illegal arms factory here.

The court order came on the plea filed by the Special Cell seeking 15 more days to complete its probe.

“Keeping in view the application, the investigation period is extended for another 15 days with effect from January 25, 2014,” Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash said.

The Special Cell, in its plea, gave details of the probe conducted so far in the case in which it had earlier filed three charge sheets against some arrested accused, suspected to be members of the banned IM.

It also said, “A specific input has been received that some unidentified associates of Ahmad Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal have conspired to commit a sensational kidnapping in Delhi to secure the release of this top terrorist.”

“Teams of special cell are camping in Bihar, West Bengal and other places to identify and apprehend these conspirators and a breakthrough is expected soon. As and when these arrests were made, accused Ahmad Siddibappa and Asadullah Akhtar will be required for confrontation to bring out the entire facts.”

National Investigation Agency (NIA) had arrested Bhatkal, wanted in over 40 terror cases and carrying a reward of Rs 35 lakh, and Akhtar from Indo-Nepal border on the night of August 28 last year.

Special Cell had arrested both the accused in connection with the case relating to the illegal arms factory on October 28 last year. The special cell had in November 2011, busted the factory located in Meer Vihar area of Nangloi in Outer Delhi and several alleged IM suspects were arrested.

An FIR was registered against Bhatkal on November 22, 2011 and later a non-bailable warrant was also issued against him for setting up the factory.

The police, in its plea, also said that co-accused Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Tehsin Akhtar and others were still at large and “the missing links in the conspiracy are likely to be established which requires that period of investigation and judicial custody of these accused persons (Bhatkal and Akhtar) be extended.”

“The evidence collected so far has consumed the stipulated period of 90 days from the date of arrest of both the accused persons… for conducting the investigation… it is requested that 15 more days may kindly be granted to the investigating agency to conclude the investigation,” it said.

The police also told the court that it was awaiting the reports from Yahoo and Nimbuzz on e-mail and chat IDs used by Bhatkal and Akhtar.

Besides these, it said that the sanction to prosecute them under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was also awaited.

The police had earlier said that the weapons manufacturing unit had elaborate equipment like moulding machine, cutting machine, assembly drilling machine and grinding machine besides explosives and rocket launchers.

Bhatkal, who hails from Bhatkal village of Udupi district in North Karnataka, is wanted in a string of terror attacks in Ahmedabad, Surat, Bangalore, Pune, Delhi and Hyderabad, the agency had said.

30-year-old Bhatkal, who was earlier associated with banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India, is suspected to have hatched a conspiracy with others to wage war against India.