Mumbai, Jan 17: The Maharashtra ATS today sealed an apartment at Byculla in south Mumbai where three suspects of last year's triple blasts including Yasin Bhatkal, a key Indian Mujahideen operative, had reportedly lived for a few months before escaping.
According to sources in the Anti-Terrorism Squad, a computer and some CDs have been seized from the Habib Building quarters occupied by the trio.
“The house had not been sealed in the hope that one of the suspects or somebody who knows them would come to collect their belongings. Since it is public knowledge now, we decided to seal it,” an ATS official said.
According to Waqar Quereshi, who stays near Habib Building, three persons introducing themselves as Imran, Tarbez and Waqqas had rented the premises about eight months ago and stayed there till the last week of December.
“Sultan Khan, a real estate broker, had introduced the three to Rubina, the widow who owns the flat on the third floor. The three claimed that they were call centre employees and belonged to Bihar,” Quereshi said.
“However, in December, they left the house and never returned,” he said, adding ATS personnel came this morning and took away some of their possessions.
According to media reports, Imran is believed to be Yasin Bhatkal, the fugitive IM operative suspected to have masterminded the Mumbai blasts and the Delhi High Court blast last year.
His two companions are said to be Pakistani nationals allegedly sent to India to carry out the serial blasts at Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House and Dadar on July 13 last year that claimed 27 lives.