Mangalore, May 31: National Investigation Agency officials had brought Asadullah Akhtar, assistant of Yaseen Bhatkal to Mangalore on May 29 and 30 for investigation into the terror case.
On May 29, Thursday night, Asadullah was brought to Mangalore by a flight from Hyderabad via Bangalore. On May 30, Friday, he was taken to various places particularly to Attavar and City Centre area. The same evening he was flown back to Hyderabad via Bangalore. The entire process was a secret affair with even the local police not being informed.
Through investigations it has come to light that, along with Asadullah, IM’s Tahseen Akhtar alias Monu alias Hassan of Bihar and Waqas alias Ahmed of Pakistan had stayed in the apartment at Attavar. Both Monu and Waqas were accused in the 2011 Mumbai and 2013 Hyderabad blast cases. As both were getting ready for another disruptive act, their masterminds Yaseen and Asadullah were arrested.
Yaseen Bhatkal and Asadullah had stayed at a rented house at Zephyr Heights at Attavar upto March 2013. Asadullah had revealed during interrogation that Riyaz Bhatkal too helped in bomb making. It is learnt that, they used to make bombs here and the bombs used in Hyderabad and other places were transported from here.