Delhi Police files chargesheet against Bhatkal and Asadullah Akhtar in Jama Masjid attack case

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 13:30 hrs

The Delhi Police have filed charge sheet and fixed April 30 to scrutinize the charge sheet against Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar in the September 2010 Jama Masjid terror attack case.

The Special Cell of Delhi Police filed its final report before Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash on Saturday against the two top men of Indian Mujahideen (IM) under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The sections deal with attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and unlawful activities and illegal possession of Arms.

The police claimed in the charge sheet that Yasin Bhatkal was instructed by Pakistan-based handlers to carry out terror attacks just before the beginning of 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

It said the conspiracy was hatched to dissuade foreign nations from participating in the Games and portray host nation India as a weak and disturbed nation.

The police said that Yasin had procured one carbine and one pistol and the initial plan was to target foreign tourists at the German Bakery at Paharganj. But, in mid 2010, accused Qateel Siddiqui, who had died under mysterious circumstances in Pune Yerawada Jail in 2012, had hurt himself due to accidental firing of the carbine and the plan to strike at German Bakery was aborted.

The police said, thereafter, Yasin Bhatkal planned to carry out terror strike at the Jama Masjid and on September 19, 2010, IM operatives opened fire at tourists deboarding a bus near gate number 3 of the mosque in which two Taiwanese tourists sustained bullet injuries in the attack. Police said, Bhatkal had also planted a pressure cooker IED in a car outside the Jama Masjid and a mild explosion had taken place after the firing incident. (ANI)

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