"We are contemplating the idea of interrogating Yasin Bhatkal. We want to interrogate him regarding the IM's network in Kolkata and Bengal," the officer said on condition of
Bhatkal, the key accused in several blasts across the country including the ones in Hyderabad and Mumbai, was today arrested from Indo-Nepal border in Bihar.
He was once arrested in 2008 by the city police in a fake currency case, but as the police had no clue about his real identity and because of lack of coordination with central agencies, Bhatkal managed to secure bail and fled.
Asked whether the STF would visit Delhi to grill Bhatkal, the officer said, "As of now we don't think we will get a scope of interrogating him. After a terrorist is arrested, central security agencies and the state police that nabbed him, interrogate him first."

"Then the agencies ask their counterparts in other states to interrogate the person. This is the normal procedure. So, right now we don't think we will get a scope, but surely after a week or so we will try to interrogate him," he said.

UP police to question Bhatkal

A team of anti-terror squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh police left for New Delhi late on Thursday to interrogate Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, officials said.

Bhatkal who was arrested from the India-Nepal border on Thursday is wanted in the Sheetla Ghat blasts in Varanasi in 2010 and the police will seek his transit remand, an official said.

Another terrorist arrested with Bhatkal, Asadullah Akhtar alias 'Haddi', also a resident of Azamgarh, however is not wanted in any case in Uttar Pradesh. Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) RK Vishwakarma said that serial blasts had rocked Varanasi's Sheetla Ghat on September 7, 2010 during the evening Ganga aarti, killing three and injuring many.

IM had claimed responsibility of the blasts through an e-mail, the official added.


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