According to ET reports, a senior intelligence official revealed that Bhatkal has been providing information on his Pakistani ISI and LeT masters. He also revealed how he was instructed by them to recruit local youth by brainwashing them over the 2002 Gujarat riots and the Babri Masjid demolition.
Bhatkal is silent on the whereabouts of his two key companions - Tahsin Akhtar and Ariz Khan. Khan, hailing from Azamgarh, is alleged to be the main bomb-maker of the IM group. Akhtar hails from Darbhanga and heads the module of the IM in this area of Bihar. Agencies suspect they are hiding in the country.
Police believe both Bhatkal and his arrested partner Asadullah Akhtar, were involved in serial blasts in Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Delhi, in 2008, the blast at Pune German Bakery and Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in 2010, the 13/7 Mumbai serial blasts and the blasts at Hyderabad this February.
Bhatkal was instructed to recruit local youth by brainwashing them
"Bhatkal is not giving any clues on the whereabouts of Akhtar and Khan. He has however indicated that top IM men like Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, Amir Reza Khan, Mohd Sajid and DrShanawaz Alam are not present in India and could be in Pakistan or UAE," the investigating official said.
"The information given by Bhatkal on ISI and LeT backing IM is serious and the first such confirmation by a top IM leader," he added.