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Yasin Bhatkal expresses fear, says death threat to life from police

Hina Fatima Khan | Updated on: 9 July 2015, 19:00 IST

HYDERABAD: Jailed Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, has alleged that he is facing death threats from police and he needs round- the- clock surveillance for himself. Bhatkal is an accused in the Dilsukhnagar twin blasts of Hyderabad in February 2013.

In a petition filed before the Special Court for NIA cases, Bhatkal and other accused, sought a direction to the jail authorities to install CCTV cameras in the high-security cell.

Bhatkal alleged that, 'almost all of the jail premises is equipped with CCTV cameras except the high-security cell in which we are lodged. CCTV cameras were not installed intentionally by the jail authorities to facilitate in creating false, fabricated and imaginary stories'.

The petitioners "apprehend great and immediate threat to their lives from the jail authorities and escort people, who are working under the direct influence and control of NIA," Bhatkal's counsel Shaik Saifullah Khaled said.,

He said the matter will come up before the court tomorrow when charges against the accused are expected to be framed.

"This surveillance can act as a documentary evidence," he said.

Bhatkal and other accused also alleged that they were confined to the small cell round-the-clock without proper food, fresh air and sunlight because of which they were suffering from ailments.

There were newspaper reports last week that Bhatkal called up his wife using a cell phone from inside the jail and told her that he would get out of the jail soon with help from 'friends from Damascus'.

Eighteen people were killed and 131 injured in the deadly twin explosions that were triggered by powerful IEDs planted in Dilsukhnagar, a crowded shopping area in the city, on February 21, 2013.

First published: 9 July 2015, 15:53 IST