Yasin Bhatkal sent to judicial custody till October 17

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Hyderabad:  Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal was on Monday sent to judicial custody by a local court till October 17, in connection with the February 21 Dilsukhnagar twin blasts case.

Bhatkal was produced by National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials before the Court of First Additional Metropolitan Session Judge in Hyderabad amid heavy security, who sent him to judicial custody till October 17.

The judge asked him his name and to which place he belongs, to which the accused replied as Yasin Bhatkal and informed that he is a native of Bhatkal in Karnataka.

The judge further probed on whether the police treated him properly, to which he replied in an affirmative nod.

Subsequently, Bhatkal was handed over a copy of the remand report.

On September 21, he was granted two days transit remand by a Delhi court after his arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and was brought to Hyderabad on Sunday from Delhi.

Bhatkal has been named as accused number five in the Dilsukhnagar twin blasts case.

Asadullah Akhtar, an alleged close associate of Bhatkal, who was earlier arrested by NIA, is presently being interrogated after a local court sent him in 15-day custody of the NIA on September 19.

Seventeen people were killed and 100 others injured in the blasts that were triggered by powerful IEDs planted near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar, a crowded shopping area in Hyderabad on February 21, 2012.

After an initial probe by Andhra Pradesh police, the NIA had taken over the case.

Bhatkal and Asadullah, suspected of carrying out several blasts across the country, were arrested by security agencies on the Indo-Nepal border last month.

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