New Delhi, Aug 29: The Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Syed Ahmed Zarar Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal was arrested on Thursday from Gorakpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh near the Indo-Nepal border, in an operation carried out by the NIA.
Engineer-turned-terrorist Bhatkal co-founded the home-grown terror outfit Indian Mujahideen in 2008 along with his brother Riaz Bhatkal and Abdul Subhan Qureshi.
Bhatkal's arrest come close on the heels of the arrest of another most wanted man Abdul Karim Tunda on August 16 near the Indo-Pak border.
70-year-old Tunda, Laskar-e-Taiba's (LeT) expert bomb-maker, who is in a police custody, has given several "revelations" during his interrogation.
Tagged as a major catch, Delhi police also recovered various contact numbers of terrorists from Tunda's mobile phone.
Regarding Bhatkal's arrest, the former Intelligence Bureau chief Arun Bhagat
told a news channel, "It is a very, very significant catch. Tunda and Bhatkal can be confronted and they give important information on their tie-ups with other terror groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Pakistani establishment."
The common point to-be-noted in both Tunda and Bhatkal's arrest is that they both were caught at the Indo-Nepal border.
So, it is high-time that India and Nepal should sign a new extradition treaty because many terrorists have easy access to enter and cross the countries without any fear of being detected.