Yusuf in Pune, but Hasan in Udgir. That's how Mirza Himayat Baig probably managed to elude arrest. But Baig's luck - and aliases - ran out late Tuesday when he was arrested by the Maharashtra ATS, who have named him the prime accused in the German Bakery blast on February 13 that killed 17 people.
A senior ATS officer said 29-year-old Baig had procured several documents using aliases.
"He had more than five fictitious identities," the officer said.
When Baig was in Pune in 2007, allegedly to supply arms to criminals, he used the alias Yusuf. The Lashkar police had booked him under that name in the Arms Act case that year.
"When Baig visited Colombo in Sri Lanka in July 2008, he travelled with a genuine passport issued in Mumbai," said an ATS officer.
His driver's licence, however, was in a different name.
The police alleged Baig was in Colombo to receive training in making bombs.
Fayaz Kagzi, a key conspirator of the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, trained Baig, ATS sources said. The officer said Kagzi was Baig's neighbour until 2006. "They were good friends.
It was during this time that Baig left home and the police lost him," he said.
On February 5, 2009, Sayyed Abdul Huk, son of the Udgir Municipal Council chief and NCP leader Baliga Shaikh, started the Global Internet Café in Udgir, Latur. Baig - as Hasan - ran the café.
Senior officers from Beed told HT that they were under the impression that Baig was in Pune. The ATS contacted the Beed police less than two months ago.
"We were keeping a close watch on his family but had no information that he was in Udgir," said a senior IPS officer posted in Beed.
Baig's older brother, Tarek, claimed he visited home "intermittently" but his stays were always brief.
He said the family did not know Baig was in Udgir.
"Whenever he came home, he told us he had come from Pune. He said he was working as a hardware professional. It was a revelation for us that he was in Udgir for the past few days."