Delhi police dozed as Bhatkal lodged complaint!

The daring attempts made by Yasin Bhatkal, top honcho of Indian Mujahideen now in custody of Delhi police, to hoodwink authorities can well find its way into folklore. In 2010, Bhatkal visited Okhla police station to file a complaint about a lost mobile phone without being noticed. The station had a most-wanted poster of Bhatkal with reward money mentioned pasted on the walls, the IM operative still managed to walk away scot-free.

While coming out of the police station, Bhatkal reportedly pulled the poster off. Arrested in August this year, Bhatkal (30) is alleged to be the mastermind behind several bombings that have claimed over 150 lives.

A highly-placed source in the Special Cell of Delhi police told Millennium Post that, ‘During his interrogation, Bhatkal revealed the unbelievable incident and said he was proud of such audacious attempts. He said that in October 2010, when he was residing in the Shaheen Bagh area of south-east Delhi, he lost his Nokia mobile phone and he decided to seek the help of Delhi police to find it. He went ahead and lodged a complaint.’

In 2010, Bhatkal got married to Zahida (26), daughter of Mohamad Irshad Khan (IM operative arrested in 2011 for running an illegal arms factory in Meer Vihar in outer Delhi) and was residing at his in-laws house in D-Block of Shaheen Bagh, Abul Fazal Encalve in south-east Delhi. ‘In September 2010, he bought a Nokia Classic business series mobile phone from Jamia Nagar and arranged a fake ID to buy a SIM card. Somehow, while on reconnaissance in the national capital, Bhatkal lost his mobile. The contact list on his phone contained several numbers of top brass of SIMI, ISI and IM operatives,’ the source added.

Bhatkal asked another IM operative to accompany him to the police station but he refused to come as there was high element of risk. Bhatkal then decided to go all alone. He took a DTC bus and reached Okhla police station. He filed complaint under the assumed identity of Imran (only his in-laws along with his wife only knew this name).

‘Bhatkal alias Imran alias Shahrukh did not force the officials to register an FIR immediately; neither did he follow up the complaint status,’ said the official who has interrogated Bhatkal.  ‘Approaching the local police, testing his confidence was all for fun,’ he added quoting Bhatkal. In 2009, he was caught with fake currency in Bengal, but he managed to get bail in the same year.
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