From Bhatkal to the Bhatkals: Story of IMís bombmaker, in his own words
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USABA was the genesis of the Indian Mujahideen, and common gulel (slingshot) the route to his bombmaking. This is among the disclosures made by captured IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal to his interrogators. Their report on Bhatkal reveals a man struggling since he was very young with religion, having constant run-ins with his family, being indoctrinated by a puritanical stream, seeking a jehad path distinctly his own, and remaining firm to his beliefs. He continues to believe Muslim armies will invade the Indian subcontinent one day and successfully establish Islamic law there.
The story of the IM's bombmaker, in his own words:
It was after a long wait for a child that Yasin was born on January 15, 1983, to Zarar Siddibappa and Rehana in Bhatkal. However, soon after he entered adolescence, there was constant tension between him and his businessman father. "I had a difficult relationship with my father since my childhood. I never accepted his views on Islam, which predominately represented the Tablighi Jamaat thought and preaching. My orientation towards Alh-e-Hadith was partly because of readings of literature available in my house and partly from my associations with people," Yasin says.
The Tablighi thought is to work at spiritual reformation starting from the grass-roots, reaching out to Muslims across all social and economic spectra to bring them closer to Islam. Ahl-e-Hadith believes in a more pristine teaching of Islam.
The Muslims of Bhatkal are largely prosperous and so was Yasin's family. According to him, the turning point was when the family went for Haj when he was 12. That was the first time he argued with his father, over his criticism of Hajjis travelling in vehicles. While Zarar believed Hajjis should shun any "luxury" on this pilgrimage, Yasin disagreed. "In days to come. our disagreements widened," he says, though not giving any specific instances.
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