Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said Bhatkal was arrested last night and is being interrogated by the Bihar Police. (Yasin Bhatkal, founder of Indian Mujahideen, arrested)
Intelligence agencies say Bhatkal has masterminded and helped execute some of the worst terror attacks in India in recent years. (Who is Yasin Bhatkal)
In February this year, 16 people were killed and 80 injured when two bombs ripped through a crowded market in the heart of Hyderabad.
Intelligence officials say that security camera footage establishes that Bhatkal planted a bag with a bomb at the German Bakery in Pune in February 2010. In that attack, 17 people were killed and nearly 60 injured.
Two months later, two bombs exploded inside a Bangalore stadium, packed for a cricket match which was to start an hour later. Fifteen people were injured. A third bomb was defused outside the stadium. Bhatkal is the main accused.
The Mujahideen is accused of planting five bombs in Delhi that exploded within minutes of each other in September 2008. At least 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured.
The group serves as the Indian arm of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terror group based in Pakistan.
A top Lashkar commander, Abdul Karim Tunda, who belongs to Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested near the Nepal border earlier this month.
He is accused of helping mastermind serial blasts in Mumbai in 1993 in which 250 people died, as well as more than 40 other deadly bomb attacks across the country.
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