The arrest of Indian Mujahideen (IM) top operative Yasin Bhatkal has brought back the spotlight on the porous Indo-Nepal border and the lack of an extradition treaty with the country.
Bhatkal was the second terror-related arrest made from a border district. The earlier one was senior Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Abdul Karim Tunda —arrested on August 16 from the Banwasa-Mehendarnagar area.
Nepal has not only proved a haven for terrorists — who escape there after each terror attack and wait for things to cool down across the border — the Pakistan intelligence agency ISI has also been using the country as a transit point to pump in fake currency, arms and drugs into India.
Two other arrests have brought this point home, said police and intelligence officials.
On July 26, the UP special task force had arrested suspected ISI operative and fake currency racket kingpin Imran Ahmed Teli in Lucknow while he was on way back to Nepal. In May 2012, one Bashir Hasan was held from Unnao.
He was arranging a hideout for Bhatkal in Nepal.
A police officer said Bhatkal had visited Unnao on way to Nepal along with Asadullah. Later they crossed the border and disappeared.
The UP anti-terror squad had alerted the Nepal police about the hiding of other IM operatives in Nepal.
It is suspected that Ariz Khan alias Junaid, Bada Sajid, Mirza Sadab Baig, Mohammad Khalid, Dr Shahnawaz and Aamir Raza Khan, who escaped after Batla House encounter in 2008, might still be there, said a police officer. “But we did not get any response from the Nepal police,” he added.