Hyderabad police in a tizzy after Yasin Bhatkal talks of ‘help from Damascus’

The founder leader of Indian Mujahideen Yasin Bhatkal who is serving time in Hyderabad jail in a phone call to his wife said he will be out of the prison soon with from Damascus, reports an English daily.

This has reportedly triggered fears about Bhatkal getting support from the Islamic State working in Damascus, the capital of Syria.

According to the report, Bhatkal, in his five-minute long conversation with his wife Zahida, said that people from Damascus are helping him and he should be out of the jail soon.

In the last few calls Bhatkal made to his wife, he has reportedly spoken about hoping to get out of prison soon repeatedly. Security has been beefed up in Hyderabad jail following this update. The police has also begun interrogation, bringing even his family members under scanner.

In August 2013, it was the Rs 1 lakh as ‘Eidi’ that Bhatkal sent to his wife Zahida which gave away his Nepal hideout. This transfer of money, which was done through normal banking channels, alerted sleuths of Intelligence Bureau (IB) whose suspicions were aroused on the possible plans by Bhatkal to enter India to indulge in some terror attack or flee from Nepal’s Pokhra area.

Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Indo-Nepal border on the night of August 28, last year. They were wanted for their alleged roles in a string of terror attacks in the country. According to the probe agencies, 30-year-old Bhatkal was earlier associated with banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and had played a key role in several terror strikes in the country.

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