Agencies, cops were waiting for Bhatkal near Nepal border

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New Delhi, Aug 29: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday confirmed the arrest of Indian Mujahideen (IM) founder Yasin Bhatkal from the Indo-Nepal border area and said the man wanted for several terror attacks in India since 2005, was being interrogated by the Bihar Police.

Though Shinde did not divulge details about intelligence agencies who played a major role in nabbing Bhatkal, sources said the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and IB (Intelligence Bureau) have played a major role in the mission.


It was learnt that the sleuths had been camping in Bihar's Darbhanga area for some time to get hold of the 30-year-old Bhatkal. A special cell of the Delhi Police was also alert about his movement in the border areas of Bihar.

The National Security Advisor briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about the arrest. The National Investigation Agency is likely to have the first custody of Bhatkal, who along with his brothers Iqbal and Riyaz, hail from Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka.

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