Bhatkal's family: Relieved that he has been arrested

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New Delhi, Aug 30: Bhatkal's ideas were very different from that of his family's, which is why he had great differences with his father. This was proved right, yet again, when his uncle requested that he is judged and punished for his crimes. "He should be punished if he is guilty of any offence after the due process of law is followed," his uncle said.

However, there are undertones of regret when his family says that his arrest has relieved them as "the truth will come out and our fears that he would be eliminated in a fake encounter have been put to rest." They further requested in a press release that he be treated as innocent until and unless anything is proved against him.

Yasin Bhatkal

Nevertheless, reeinstating their faith in the judiciary of the country, the family said that there should be free and fair trial.

One of India's 12 most-wanted terrorists in India, Bhatkal (30), is actually known as Ahmed Siddibappa. Born and brought up in Karnataka, he went absconding after differences with his family. According to his uncle, he left India for Dubai in 2005 and disappeared in 2007.

"Despite the best efforts of the family and the Dubai intelligence, Ahmed could not be traced," his uncle said in the press release.

Security agencies say that Bhatkal is responsible for the most deadliest of terror attacks in German Bakery (Pune), where 17 people were killed and nearly 60 were badly injured.

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