'Yasin Bhatkal claims visited the US in 2007 on an Indian passport'

Yasin BhatkalThe SP said that the top IM terrorists denied any role in the Bodh Gaya serial blasts on July 7. (PTI)

Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal is believed to have told investigators that he had travelled to the US in January 2007 on an Indian passport.

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Yasin, who has been named in almost every terror attack in the country since 2007 and was arrested Thursday, is also learnt to have claimed that he arranged for explosives to be supplied for the July 2006 serial train bombings in Mumbai in which 188 people were killed. But investigators are being cautious and are yet to corroborate this claim by the alleged terror mastermind, sources said.

Bhatkal: Always slippery, even when caught

However, they said they were able to confirm that Yasin had visited the US and Pakistan as it had been corroborated from his passport number E- 4682509 issued in Bangalore in 1983. The passport was issued in the name of Mohammed Ahmed Siddibapa, Yasin's real name.

Have prepared 100 associates who will do anything at my bidding: Bhatkal

Using the details of this passport, Interpol had a few years back issued a red corner notice against Yasin, before which he had a free run. The passport expired in June this year.

Yasin and another IM operative, Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, were flown to Delhi from Patna in a special BSF aircraft Friday and produced in a special NIA court which remanded them in 12 days of NIA custody. During the court hearing, Yasin's

counsel M S Khan said Yasin's real name is Ahmed and Yasin was the name given to him by police.

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Yasin and Asadullah have been kept at a CRPF safehouse on the outskirts of the capital and are being questioned by a joint team of the NIA and IB.

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