Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar on Thursday said that Yasin Bhatkal was involved in the 2010 Chinnaswamy Stadium bomb blast case here and a team would be sent to secure his custody for questioning.
As many as 15 persons and six policemen were injured when two bombs exploded at the stadium where an IPL cricket match was to be played on April 17, 2010. Another unexploded bomb was found at one of the gates and defused by the police.
Police investigation revealed that Yasin Bhatkal and his associates had come to the stadium and planted the bombs in the early hours. A policeman, who noticed them moving suspiciously, chased them away believing that they were rag-pickers.
The police, who claimed to have pinpointed the Yasin Bhatkal module’s involvement in the case, had traced it to Tumkur, where he and his associates were believed to have stayed for a day in a rented house and assembled the bomb. They were believed to have carried the bombs to Bangalore, according to Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police.
Police believe that the bombs were fabricated in Tumkur as they were wrapped in a Kannada newspaper published from Tumkur and hence concluded that the bombs could have been fabricated in Tumkur. However, they could not identify the house.
Now that Bhaktal is in custody, police investigators hope to identify the house and those who provided logistic support to Yasin.