Yasin pens 'memoirs': path he chose, betrayal by 'close friend'

YasinYasin Bhatkal. IE

Behind the bars of a police lock-up inside the Delhi Police Special Cell headquarters at Lodhi Colony, a bearded young man sits on the floor, writing on sheets of white paper bundled together. A reflection on the 30 years of his life and how a "close friend" tipped off the intelligence agencies, leading to his arrest.

The prisoner is top Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Yasin Bhatkal, arrested on August 29 for his alleged role in bomb blasts across the country. According to sources, at the end of several hours of interrogation each day, Bhatkal returns to his cell and starts writing his "memoirs" in Urdu. He has also penned a few poems, all based on his life.

A few week ago, he showed his writings to investigators. In his notes, Bhatkal has reportedly claimed that he suspected that intelligence agencies were trailing his movements. A few months before his arrest, he reportedly told a friend that "agle Ramzan shayad Tihar mein hoga (the next Ramzan will probably be in Tihar jail").

Accused of masterminding several blasts across the country, Bhatkal, in his writings, has not expressed any regret for his actions. Instead, he has reportedly noted how "worldly pleasures" prevent society and his parents from choosing a life like his. "My father may not support me in this path because like others, he wants a beautiful wife, a better house... Someone has to stand up against the

ills plaguing this unreal world," he is reported to have written.

Sources said Bhatkal started writing while in NIA custody, a few weeks after his arrest. While some officials linked to the probe believe his notes may help them track the IM's sleeper cells, others dismiss his writings as a way to pass his time while in solitary confinement.

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