NIA wants death for Indian Mujahideen leader Yasin Bhatkal

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New Delhi, Dec, 15: The National Investigation Agency will seek a death penalty for Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal who was recently convicted in connection with Hyderabad Dilsukhnagar blasts. After convicting Yasin Bhatkal and others the court said that it would deliver its verdict on the quantum of the sentence on December 19.

Yasin Bhatkal

NIA officials tell OneIndia that they would be seeking a death penalty for Yasin Bhatkal. The NIA in its chargesheet has detailed the manner in which Yasin went about recruiting youth and bombing cities. It also points out to an interesting meeting called the Usaba which led to the birth of the Indian Mujahideen.

Death for Yasin Bhatkal:

Yasin Bhatkal was a very dangerous operative. He killed dozens of people and showed no remorse, the NIA would argue while seeking a death sentence. The NIA would also argue that Yasin Bhatkal had shown no remorse for his acts and hence he deserves to go to the gallows.

The NIA also detailed in its investigation report the manner in which Yasin and the rest would meet and plan attacks. They formed a group called Usaba which later went to become the Indian Mujahideen.

A group of persons got together in Bhatkal and decided to start a group and called it Usaba. The word Usaba in Arabic means congregation. Usaba is a congregation of more than 11 persons but less than 40. The primary objective of the Usaba was to have a group of like minded persons with the same mentality and also same objective.

In this case a group of like minded youth got together and decided that they would have a common agenda and that would be to wage a holy war against the Hindus. The group got together and said that their only aim should be to wage a holy war and also stated that Jihad is an obligation from God to servants to establish an Islamic society. In this context there was a need to oppose the Indian Constitution, the Usaba also decided.

Friday meetings of the Usaba:

The meetings of the Usaba would take place every Friday at the residence of Iqbal Bhatkal in Bhatkal, Karnataka. The meetings would discuss weapons training, finances, spotting talents and also spiritual discourse. Discussions on procurement of weapons and logistics were also discussed.

This group of youth then decided that they would get in touch with their friends who had similar thoughts. In this context persons were Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Darbhanga in Bihar and Pune in Maharashtra were called in to join the Usaba. Gradually the strength of this group grew from a meagre 8 persons to 40. However this group decided that they would keep their group small and follow the real meaning of Usaba which did not exceed more than 40 persons.

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