NIA identifies 11 Yasin Bhatkal associates
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Expanding its probe after the arrest of Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, the NIA, investigating a 'larger conspiracy' involving Indian Mujahideen(IM), has identified 11 associates of Bhatkal who are now named for their alleged roles in terror plots across India.
While seven of them hail from Bhatkal in Karnataka, three are from Azamgarh. Yasin was said to be instrumental in motivating and recruiting them. The agency is also approaching a Delhi court to get non-bailable warrants issued against them.
The agency has named Sultan Armar, Shafi Amar, Mohd Hussain Farhan, Afeef Mota, Salim Ishaqi, Anwar alias Noor and Abdul Wahid Siddibapa of Bhatkal. All of them were either in Pakistan or other middle east countries. The three from Azammgarh have been identified as Abu Rashid Sheikh, Mohd Rasid and Sadab Ahmed. Hyder Ali, also an accused in October 27 Patna and Bodhgaya serial blasts, has also been named.
The NIA said the accused persons are active members of IM and were engaged in waging war on India at the behest of top IM militants Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, who are said to be holed up in Pakistan. The agency also suspect that some of the members named are still in India and may carry out terror attacks.