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Bomb planted in Jaipur to test its capacity: Confesses Bhatkal

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) chargesheet filed in a Delhi court against IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal claimed that bombs prepared by the accused which were used in Jaipur blast was just to test its ‘capacity’, which had left 70 people dead and 186 injured. He confessed before a magisterial court that he had planted IEDs at German Bakery in Pune and Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy stadium and provided explosives for 2008 Delhi serial blasts.

Confessional statement of Bhatkal recorded before the magisterial court of Andhra Pradesh was submitted by NIA before district judge IS Mehta along with 277-page chargesheet said that in February 2008 Riyaz Bhatkal called Yasin to provide 10 IEDs to carry our blast in Jaipur to measure the intensity. ‘In February 2008 before Ahmedabad blast, Riyaz called me and asked to provide 10 IEDs prepared by me and accordingly we used it in Jaipur and all the blast happened were under the supervision of Riyaz Bhatkal,’ said Bhatkal.

Bhatkal, who in 2001 had started the business of garments and perfume, also confessed that he had prepared IEDs for the 26 July, 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts in which 21 bombs had exploded killing over 50 people. ‘We accordingly blasted at German Bakery, Pune on 13 February 2010 and we all did these activities at the instructions of Bhatkal brothers (Riyaz and Iqbal). Thereafter, I planted five IEDs on 16 April, 2010 at Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore,’ Bhatkal told the magistrate. In a statement he also said, ‘On 19 September, 2010 on the day of anniversary of Batla encounter, I along with others, planted bombs at Jama Masjid area, Delhi.’
Faizan Ahmad

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