In 2009, the Kolkata police arrested one Bulla Mullick and put him behind bars, only to release him shortly as they did not know who he really was.
It was the last time that India’s investigative agencies caught hold of one of their most wanted — Yasin Bhatkal, who assumed multiple identities at various times, including Ahmad Siddibapa, Imran, Yasin, Asif and Bulla Mullick. Till late on Wednesday when he was nabbed from Nepal border in Bihar.
The Indian Mujahideen (IM) founder has strong links with Kolkata, a logistics hub and conduit for explosives and fake currency brought from Bangladesh through porous Bengal border, which he probably used in a series of blasts across the country.
“We are waiting to interrogate Yasin as soon as possible. He will shed light on operatives who supply explosives and logistics in Bengal,” said a senior official of the special task force (STF) of Kolkata police.
Yasin, already a key accused in Hyderabad blasts of August 2007 and Delhi blasts in 2008, was arrested in a fake currency case in December 2009. He identified himself as Bulla Mullick, son of Karthik Mullick, a resident of Kolkata. Even as he spent sometime in Alipur central jail, the Kolkata police failed to find his real identity. As a result he got bail and disappeared thereafter.
Recently, Yasin was named by one Anwar Mullick of Nadia district who was arrested with a cache of fake currency. Nabbed on July 7, Anwar, reportedly told police that he had been supplying explosives to Yasin since 2010. “We have missed him once. Now we want to see what he has to say,” the officer added.