Bhatkal, 30, was arrested after being on the run for over five years. He will be handed over to NIA for probe, Home Ministry officials said on Thursday.

Bhatkal is wanted by NIA in several cases of terror activities and waging war against the country. NIA, which has registered cases under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against him, had also announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.

A non-bailable warrant was issued against Bhatkal, who hails from Bhatkal in Karnataka. Bhatkal, who was on run since 2008, is wanted in cases of terror attacks in Ahmedabad, Surat, Bangalore, Pune, Delhi and Hyderabad.

The IM was designated a terrorist group by the government under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in June, 2010.

(Agencies)

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