For Yasin Bhatkal, preparing different kinds of bombs was a passion

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For Yasin Bhatkal, preparing bombs was a passion and he often told his aides that it is an art. He had come up with innovative methods to prepare the bombs and had even sourced silver wood from Karnataka to prepare the explosives.

Yasin Bhatkal

Yasin, the chief of the Indian Mujahideen would not rely on the internet to study bomb making. He always believed that technology must be kept at bay since it through it that the Intelligence Bureau officials track people. He never could make calls as he feared being tracked. Ironically, it was that call he made to his wife from Nepal before trying to slip into Pakistan which brought about his downfall.

Yasin explained to the agencies that he had come up with an idea of preparing bombs using silver wood. He said that he had sourced the silver wood from Shimoga. Incidentally, that was the first time that the Karnataka police got wind of the man. While the police had tracked him down, one constable leaked the information to a reporter who flashed it on television. On seeing this, Yasin moved away from Shimoga after which was untraceable for six years during which period he carried out at least major bomb blasts in various parts of the country.

While explaining, Yasin said that silver wood was light. He had planned on making boat-shaped bombs. He said that the design, and the fact that the wood was light would have easily shattered and hence the reach of the bomb would be higher. He added that he had planned on using aluminium foils in the bombs. "This I purchased from Udupi," he said.

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