Indian Mujahideen may kidnap a politician to secure Bhatkal’s release

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Associates of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal are planning to kidnap a politician in the national capital to secure the terrorist’s release, a report said on Wednesday.

Security has been tightened here in the run-up to General Elections since a number of politicians are campaigning in the national capital without any security.

Bhatkal and his associate Asadullah Akhtar are presently in the custody of Maharashtra Police and being quizzed for their alleged role in a terror case there.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had last month chargesheeted Bhatkal, Akhtar, Manzar Imam and U Ahmed for their alleged role in the conspiracy and commission of major terrorist attacks at different parts in the country.

Bhatkal and Akhtar were arrested from the India-Nepal border in August 2013. He was in the Delhi Police list of 15 most-wanted terrorists involved in bombings across the country.

He is a key suspect in the 2008 serial bombings in Delhi’s Connaught Place, Gaffar Market and Greater Kailash areas, which claimed 26 lives and injured 133 people.