Hyderabad blasts: IM boss Yasin Bhatkal planted bomb?
New Delhi: Amid reports that the investigators have clear clues in the Hyderabad blasts case, reports claimed on Monday that the suspects might have stayed in a hotel in Dilsukhnagar for at least a day before the blasts.
Indian Mujahideen’s top operational commander Syed Ahmed Zarar Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal is believed to have directly coordinated the sinister plot and even planted one of the bombs that went off behind the bus stop near Venkatdri cinema. The twin bombings that rocket the Nizam city on Feb 21 had claimed 16 lives.
He had taken over the IM operations in India after Bhatkal brothers – Riyaz and Iqbal – fled to Karachi. Since then Yasin Bhatkal has been known to be involved in every terror attacks in the country and has long been one among India’s most wanted. The 31-year-old engineer-turned-terrorist was caught on CCTV planting the bomb at the German Bakery in 2010.
As per a report, the CCTV footage obtained from the Hyderabad blasts site shows three persons moving suspiciously near bicycles strapped with explosives, just minutes before the blasts, but investigators are unable to proceed further as images are not clear.
Investigating agencies in India may not have the technology to make blurred footage sharper and would turn to foreign agencies like the FBI to reconstruct hazy video images.
Apart from the CCTV footage, the sleuths have also focussed on questioning of some jailed terror suspects here even as a letter purportedly written by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) claimed responsibility.
What is troubling the intelligence agencies is the absence of technical trail of terror communications before the blasts. Outfits like the IM and LeT use the foolproof 'dead drop technique' to convey terror messages.
The technique involves using draft mails in an email account for communication. The terror handler saves a message in the draft on an email id; the operative opens the account with the same password to accesses the message and then deletes it. Since the message was never sent it leave no trail hence goes undetected.