Do not use 'Bhatkal' with Yasin's name: Villagers

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Bangalore, Aug 30: The home-grown terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder and prime accused in various terror attacks in India, Yasin Bhatkal who was arrested on Thursday at the Indo-Nepal border, has been disowned by his family and his native place- Bhatkal, a town in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka.

According to a report, Mohammad Ahmed Sidibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal's father Zarar Sidibapa said, "I am glad he has been arrested... Put him behind bars for life if he had committed crimes against the state and its people. I have no passion for my son who has lost touch with this town or with his family for a long time. Me and my wife Rehana don't consider him bigger than our country and the people."

Yasin's uncle Yaqub Sidibapa said, "We have disowned Yasin, Riyaz and Iqbal ever since they have been alleged to be carrying out terrorist activities."

His brother Abdul Samad Siddibapa said told a newspaper that his brother's name is Ahmed Siddibapa and they know him only by that name. Yasin is the name given to him by the police and media.

"We are finding it difficult to find grooms and brides for the youngsters."

Another family member clarified that Iqbal and Riyaz were Yasin's cousins and not real brothers.

Yasin's family is reported to be residing in Maqdoom Colony of Bhatkal town.

Not only Yasin's family has disowned him, but the villagers of Bhatkal town also do not want to be associated with him, in any way.

Rathnakar, a merchant in old Bhatkal town said, "This has created a serious social problem in the town. Bhatkal is a town that loves peace and progress. But ever since the media broke the story on the three brothers and started calling them Bhatkal brothers -- Yasin, Iqbal and Riyaz -- our town's image fell. We are also finding it difficult to find grooms and brides for the youngsters."

Even the MLA Mankala Subba Vaidya of Bhatkal is upset at the "terror tag" casually used for the town.

The Bhatkal, once known to be a prosperous town, is also famous for its jewellery, biryani and special Bhatkali ice creams.

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