Rs1m reward for information on 2011 Mumbai bombers

February 12, 2013 - 5:09:23 am

Mumbai: Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) yesterday announced a Rs1m reward for anyone providing information on Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal and three of his aides, accused of the 2011 Mumbai triple bombings, an official said.

Police have issued names and photographs of Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Zarrar Siddhibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal, who is allegedly the conspirator of the bombings and planted the bombs. 

Bhatkal is also accused of planting four low-intensity bombs in Pune last year.

Photographs of Asadullah Akhtar alias Tabrez, who, along with Yasin, is allegedly involved in blasts across the country, including in Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Surat, have also been released.

The other two, for finding whom rewards have been announced, are Tahaseen Akhtar, a resident of Samastipur in Bihar, who the ATS alleges was among those who planted the bomb in Dadar in Mumbai, and Waqas alias Ahmed.

The ATS has released posters announcing a reward of Rs1m for information on the four, ATS chief Rakesh Maria said.

“This is a measure to solicit assistance from the general public on these men. Their modus operandi is to pretend to be students,” Maria said.

Three blasts at close intervals on July 13, 2011 shook the country’s diamond and gold trading hubs — Opera House and Zaveri Bazar — and a busy commercial area of Dadar, killing at least 27 people and leaving around 125 injured.

ATS officials also suspect the involvement of three of the accused, except Akhtar, in the four co-ordinated low-intensity explosions that struck a busy road in Pune on August 1 

last year.

Maria said Yasin and Asadulla were also suspected to be involved in bomb blasts that took place over the years in Ahmedabad, Surat, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad.