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Bhatkal's custody handed over to Mumbai ATS

Posted on Feb 04 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, Feb 4 : A court here Tuesday allowed the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) to arrest Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar in connection with the July 13, 2011 terror attack in the Maharashtra capital.

District Judge I. S. Mehta allowed the pleas of Mumbai ATS seeking custody of Bhatkal and Akhtar in connection with the case. The ATS told the court that their custodial interrogation was required to complete the probe.

Over 20 people were killed in the July 13, 2011 terror attack.

Bhatkal, who was in the custody of the Karnataka Police in connection with the 2010 blasts at Chinnaswamy Stadium, was produced before the court Tuesday.

Arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in August 2013, Bhatkal is accused of being involved in many terror attacks across the country.

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