The co-founders of terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen, brothers Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, recently sold their house in Kurla and have put their ancestral property in Bhatkal, Karnataka, up for sale. Security agencies believe this is the first step in moving their families out of the country to their new-found haven, Karachi.
Recently arrested IM operatives have reportedly told the Delhi police that Riyaz has been given safe dwelling in Karachi by his neighbours, whose roots trace back to Bhatkal and who have flourished in the trade of embroidered saris.
The terrorist duo had been renting out the Kurla house since 2004, but sold it a few months ago after failing to find a tenant. Frequent visits and checks by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad may also have forced the decision.