Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal indicates Islamic State will help him get out of jail soon
Is the deadly Islamic State coming to help jailed Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal? This question has sent intelligence agencies in a tizzy after they intercepted a call made from inside a Hyderabad jail by Bhatkal to his wife Zahida in southeast Delhi’s Jamia Nagar.
New Delhi/Hyderabad: Is the deadly Islamic State coming to help jailed Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal? This question has sent intelligence agencies in a tizzy after they intercepted a call made from inside a Hyderabad jail by Bhatkal to his wife Zahida in southeast Delhi’s Jamia Nagar.
The Times of India reported on Saturday that Bhatkal told his wife over phone that he would soon be out of prison with assistance from Damascus.
By Syrian capital, Bhatkal might be referring to the Islamic State which now controls large parts of Syria.
After snooping in on the phone chat that lasted for about five minutes, authorities have increased security at the Hyderabad jail where Bhatkal is currently kept.
They are believed to be mulling to shift the dreaded jihadi to some other secure place.
Security forces are worried about the IS angle in the phone chat as the terror group has emerged as the most brutal among all and its spread to India in any manner could prove to be a huge challenge for them.
Of late, IS flags have been raised in the Kashmir Valley causing concern among the security agencies.
Meanwhile, as per the English daily, Bhatkal is heard telling his wife Zahida in the intercepts, "Damascus se log madad kar rahe hain. Mai jald hi riha ho jaoonga (People from Damascus are helping me. I will be out of jail soon)."
Intelligence agencies believe the IS could take support from Ansar-ul-Tawhid Fi Bilad Al Hind (AuT), the terror group which mainly consists of ex-IM operatives, the daily reported.
AuT in the past had uploaded photographs of two terrorists killed in the 2008 Batla House encounter on Twitter and also uploaded videos which contained messages from IS operatives, some of them aimed against India.
Yasin Bhatkal, co-founder of IM, was one of India's most-wanted man before he was arrested. He is accused of masterminding several terror attacks in the country.