Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Yasin Bhatkal believed IS would break him out of jail

Yasin Bhatkal believed IS would break him out of jail

Hyderabad, Dec 20: Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal who was awarded a death penalty in the 2013 Dilsukhnagar blasts on Monday always believed that the Islamic State would save him by planning a major jail break.

He is currently lodged in a Hyderabad jail, Yasin was convicted and sentenced to death in connection with the Dilsukhnagar blasts case. Yasin was not once, but twice speaking about his escape plan with the help of his 'friends' from Damascus. The last time he was heard speaking about an escape plan was when he was lodged in a Delhi jail, where he said that his friends would stage a hijack and get him out of jail.

A year ago, officials had picked up intercepts of a call that Yasin had made to his wife from jail. While it is still unclear how Yasin managed to get access to a mobile phone inside the jail, an Intelligence Bureau source says that he was heard telling his wife that he would get out of prison soon.

During the conversation, Yasin tells his wife that his 'friends' in Damascus would help him get out of jail. Damascus is a reference to the IS where the terror group is strong, and Yasin claims to have made 'friends' there. Officers who have interrogated Yasin say that he was desperate to get out of jail. He had shown intent of escaping and joining the IS. In fact, his closest friends Sultan and Shafi Armar launched the Ansar-ut-Tawhid, an outfit which recruited Indians into the IS, the officer adds. Even when he was lodged in a Delhi jail, he had spoken extensively about an escape plan. He was overheard telling his accomplices that a hijack on the lines of December 1999 IC-814 would be executed. His friends would then seek his release in exchange for the passengers, he had claimed.

Do we pay fine in old currency? Cheeky Yasin Bhatkal asked judge

Hyderabad, Dec 20: Can we pay the fine with demonetised notes, Yasin Bhatkal and the other Indian Mujahideen operatives asked in court. Yasin, Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas, Assadullah Akthar, Ajaz Shaikh and Tehseen Akthar were sentenced to death after being found guilty in the Hyderabad, Dilsukhnagar blasts case.

Yasin and his accomplices were asked to pay a fine of Rs 4,000.The judge while handing out the sentence observed that the case fell under the definition of the rarest of rare cases. The court also observed that the convicts were beyond reform and hence they must be sent to the gallows.

On Monday when arguments on the quantum of sentence were being advanced, the judge asked Yasin if he had anything to say. At first Yasin and the other convicts are believed to have said, " phaansi do (hang us)."
Later when the judge read out the sentence and imposed fines under the various sections of law, the convicts asked if they could pay the same in demonetised currency. " Do we pay the fine in demonetised currency or the new notes, the convicts asked the judge who chose not to respond.

On December 13 Yasin Bhatkal was handed out his first conviction under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act of 1967 and the Indian Penal Code.
Apart from Yasin, four others were also convicted by the court. The court while delivering the verdict said that the prosecution has managed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused are guilty. The court had framed charges against Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, Pakistani national Zia-ur-Rahman alias Waqas, Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, Tahaseen Akhtar alias Monu and Aijaz Sheikh.
Eighteen people were killed and 131 injured in two deadly explosions near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar, a crowded shopping area in the city, on February 21, 2013.

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