Indian Mujhahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, who is currently in the custody of National Investigation Agency, has accepted that he has links with Pakistan and that remittance to his family was coming from across the border, according to a CNN IBN report.
Bhatkal, wanted by police in 12 states for bombings and other terror activities in the last five years, was arrested in Raxaul in East Champaran district Thursday. He was arrested along with Asadullah Akhtar, his terror accomplice.
Bhatkal, whose real name is Muhammad Ahmad Zarar Siddibapa, had earlier told interrogators that he was in touch with a Lt Colonel level officer of the ISI. Bhatkal, the head of Indian Mujahideen's operations in India, is the key suspect in the Pune German Bakery and Hyderabad Dilsukhnagar blasts.
The Indian Mujahideen is allegedly sponsored and patronized by Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to intelligence agencies.
Meanwhile, the security agencies are hunting for one Tehseen alias Tabrez alias Monu following the interrogation of Bhatkal.
Sources told CNN-IBN that they have begun the hunt for Bhatkal's second-in-command Tehseen who is believed to be part of the Darbanga module and is believed to be based somewhere in India.
Intelligence sources claim that while they knew Bhatkal was in touch with other Bhatkal brothers - Riyaz and Iqbal - who are believed to be based in Karachi, the 30-year-old Indian Mujhahideen co-founder had also confessed he had travelled to Pakistan in 2006 to undergo training to make bombs.
Bhatkal also revealed that he recruited youth from Bihar's Mithilanchal region, including Darbhanga, Madhubani and Samastipur districts, in the last few years to carry out terrorist activities in India.
With Yasin in their custody, investigators are now seeking more details about his plans to raise suicide bombers.