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Yasin Bhatkal, aide claims threat to life in Tihar jail

PTI  New Delhi, January 15, 2014
First Published: 19:18 IST(15/1/2014) | Last Updated: 19:23 IST(15/1/2014)

Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and an aide, arrested for their alleged roles in various terror strikes in India, on Wednesday moved a special NIA court claiming there was a threat to their lives inside the high-security Tihar Jail where they are currently lodged.

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In an application filed before district judge IS Mehta, Bhatkal and Asadullah Akhtar claimed Tihar Jail superintendent had "threatened" them they would be killed and "attitude and behaviour" of prison authorities towards them were abusive.

"The superintendent of jail has threatened the accused (Bhatkal and Akhtar) that they would be killed in jail. The attitude and behaviour of jail authorities towards the accused persons is abusive and they are being treated even worse than animals," the plea, filed through advocate MS Khan, said.

They also claimed there was "apprehension that any untoward incident may take place with the accused".

In their plea, both the accused urged the court to pass necessary directions to the director general of Tihar Jail to ensure their proper security and safety inside the prison.

The court has asked Tihar Jail authorities to file their report on the plea and fixed it for hearing on January 17.

Bhatkal and Akhtar are currently lodged in Tihar Jail under judicial custody.

Meanwhile, during the day's proceeding, Karnataka Police approached the court seeking Bhatkal's custody for his alleged role in the blasts at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on April 17, 2010 hours before an IPL cricket match between Royal Challengers and Mumbai Indians.

In its plea, Karnataka Police said a magisterial court in Bangalore had issued a production warrant against 30-year-old Bhatkal in connection with the case.

Fifteen people, including some security personnel, were injured in the low-intensity blasts at Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The court posted the plea of Karnataka Police for January 17.


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