This decision has taken intelligence agencies by surprise. According to reports it is suspected that Yasin had put together the IM module in Darbhanga and his involvement in the recent blasts at the Mahabidhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, that was carried out by the IM put him on the police radar.
Central intelligence agencies believe that Yasin has a wide and flourishing network in Bihar particularly the Darbhanga region, and that he would often take shelter in the state to escape from cops.
"Any police force would have liked to keep him with them for the information on terror attacks and members of terror modules," said a senior police officer.
Yasin confessed to ISI backing
After Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told reporters on Thursday that Bhatkal was under the custody of the Bihar police and was being interrogated by them, reports on Friday suggest that the Bihar police has decided to keep a distance form the interrogation and even refused to register a case.
Eventually it was the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) that registered the case and then investigations were carried out by them. NIA has now sought maximum custody for Yasin Bhatkal.
The incident was quick to grab the attention of politicians who then slammed the Bihar Police's decision and called it the worst form of vote bank politics.
Yasin is known for his involvement in the Bodh Gaya blast this year and the coordinated blasts in Zaveri bazaar, Opera House and Dadar blast in July 2011 and is wanted by the police for many years. During interrogation he even confessed to ISI backing him up.
Prakash Javadekar, official spokesperson from BJP tweeted-
It is shocking that the Bihar Govt refused to arrest & interrogate Yasin Bhatkal. Worst kind of vote bank politics.
It is shocking that the Bihar Govt refused to arrest & interrogate Yasin Bhatkal. Worst kind of vote bank politics.— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) August 30, 2013