The Bangalore police probing the Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts of April 17, 2010, have obtained a body warrant from a local court to secure the custody of Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Yasin Bhatkal.
Yasin, arrested on August 28 from Bihar-Nepal border with aide Asadullah Akhtar, has been named accused number five in the case in which five people were injured before an IPL match between Bangalore and Mumbai teams.
The Bangalore police are expected to present the body warrant in a Delhi court on September 17 when the NIA custody of Yasin ends.
Yasin has, police sources said, admitted a key role in the April 17 blasts. Five bombs were placed around the Chinnaswamy Stadium around 4 am on April 17 to be set off using timers just before the match around 3 pm. While two bombs exploded, three did not.
bombs were recovered on April 18.
Sources said Yasin told the police the attack in the IT hub was to attract global attention.
Police are expected to take Yasin to the places he stayed with accomplices to carrying out the attack and to places from where he is suspected to have purchased material used in the improvised explosive devices.
Yasin has claimed the explosives were arranged by his Pakistan-based associates Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal.
Eight of the 14 accused named in the stadium blasts chargesheet have been arrested so far. Bhatkal will be the ninth.
Qateel Siddiqui was killed in Yerawada Jail, Pune, last year, allegedly by rivals.
The Bangalore stadium blasts conspiracy unraveled after the Delhi police special cell arrested five Yasin aides in November 2011, busting a new Dharbhanga module of the IM created following a crackdown on the outfit in late 2008 after a series of blasts in the country that killed over 200 people.
The Bangalore police filed a chargesheet in the case in July 2012.
The chargesheet says the conspiracy to attack IPL matches was hatched at a meeting by Yasin, Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal and five others at a New Delhi house. It was executed by Yasin, Siddiqui, Ghayur Ahmad Jamali and Aftab Alam, who camped in