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Rs 15 lakh reward for catching elusive IM operative

December 01, 2011 16:32 IST

Delhi Police on New Delhi announced a Rs 15 lakh reward for anyone providing information on elusive Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal alias Imran, allegedly involved in a series of terror cases.

The reward, which was increased from Rs three lakh announced earlier in April this year, came following the recent arrest and interrogation of six persons belonging to a terror module led by Bhatkal.

"Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta has announced the cash reward of Rs 15 lakh upon Ahmed Siddi Bappa Zarar alias Sharukh alias Yasin Ahmed alias Imran," a senior police official said.

Yasin, 27, a resident of Bhatkal in Karnataka, is an "Indian Muzahiddin operative wanted in three cases of Delhi apart from him being wanted in other cases", the official said.

According to the official, the cases included the firing on Taiwanese media crew outside Jama Masjid on September 19, 2010, and a blast in a car in the same locality within hours on the same day.

He is charged under several sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Arms Act, Passport Act, Explosives Substances Act, Information Technology Act and Indian Penal Code.

The commissioner had in April this year announced a reward of Rs three lakh on Yasin besides rewards of various proportions on others including, Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal and Amir Raza Khan.

According to police, Yasin is believed to be the "main man" who was allegedly providing finance and other logistics to the six persons of the module which was busted.

Yasin along with Mohd Adil and Qateel Siddiqui, who were arrested in the past one week, have allegedly carried out the terror strike outside Jama Masjid, ahead of Commonwealth Games to "avenge" the Batla House encounter in which suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives were killed.

Yasin hails from the coastal Karnataka town of Bhatkal and was out from the country for nearly two years prior to 2007.

On the run since October 2008, the Bhatkal brothers --Iqbal, Riyaz and Yasin -- are believed to have travelled through different parts of Karnataka and gone to Pune, which was frequently used as a base, and then dispersed, police claimed.

Delhi Police claims that Siddiqi and Yasin had allegedly planted the bomb on February 13, 2010. Yasin's name figure in the charge sheet filed by Maharashtra ATS in connection with 2010 German Bakery blast in which seven people are named.

Yasin's name first figured after the September 2008 Delhi blasts, in which he is learnt to have used the alias of Shahrukh.

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