He was arrested by Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Monday,May 24 from Bajpe airport in Mangalore, while he was coming back from Dubai.
He was produced before the Mazgaon metropolitan magistrate. When the court asked him if he wanted a state-appointed lawyer to defend, he said that he would appoint one by himself, at a later stage.
According to ATS, three persons arrested from South Mumbai for the possession of illegal firearms in Aug 2009, were supplied by Abdul.
“In 2008, Abdul was picked up by Mangalore police for his alleged role in July 2008 blasts in Bangalore. However, he was let off due to lack of evidence after which he went to Dubai," ATS officials said.
Home Minister P. Chidambaram informed that Abdul Bhatkal is the prime suspect in the German Bakery blast in Pune in February, where 17 people lost their lives. ATS is also in search for Yasin Bhatkal,the relative of Riyaz Bhatkal who founded the terror outfit, Indian Mujahideen (IM).