New Delhi, Aug 29: In a major breakthrough, the home-grown terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) founder Yasin Bhatkal was arrested in the wee hours on Thursday. He was on the run for over five years.
According to reports, the terror mastermind was caught from Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh near the Indo-Nepal border following a joint operation between the central intelligence agencies and the police.
Bhatkal, the key accused in sevarl blasts in India was arrested along with another IM leader Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, official sources said.
According to sources, Bhatkal is being brought to Delhi.
Some reports suggest that Bhatkal's arrest has come after the joint-operation by the Delhi and Karnataka police.
A key operative of the terror outfit, Bhatkal was an activist in the banned Islamic outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), before he founded the dreadful terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) in 2008 along with his brother Riaz Bhatkal and Abdul Subhan Qureshi.
Bhatkal, who hails from northern Karnataka, is believed to be responsible behind German bakery blast in Pune, that killed at least 17 people.
He is also the prime accused in the blast outside a stadium in Bangalore in 2010.
The IM is reportedly sponsored by the Pakistan's terror organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).