Indian Mujahideen co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal lives a luxury life in Karachi
Riyaz arranged 50 detonators to prepare improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used in the twin blasts, the NIA said.
Four of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) accused of twin blasts in Hyderabad were convicted by National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday, but the mastermind Riyaz Bhatkal is believed to be safely holed up under patronage of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence(ISI) in Karachi.
Reportedly NIA detectives claim IM co-founder Riyaz made a huge amount of money courtesy the benevolence of ISI. In the chargesheet filed in the Dilsukhnagar blast case, NIA said "Several IM members received financial and material assistance from ISI, which has been providing shelter to Riyaz and his brother Iqbal Bhatkal in Karachi."
Bhatkal's prosperity due to ISI was a reason for the split of NIA. His decision was contrary to that of former IM members such as Shafi Armar who is reportedly in Syria luring Indians to join the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) - and others, who wanted to further the cause of either al-Qaeda or the IS.
However, the difficulty to track his movements is because of his Pakistan-issued passport.
It has been reported that Riyaz sent Rs 1.25 lakh through hawala and rest through Western Union to execute the blasts. After the blasts, he wired nearly Rs 70,000 to his associates from the United Arab Emirates. Riyaz Bhatkal was constantly in touch with Yasin Bhatkal, who kept changing his location, before executing the Dilsukhnagar terror strike from Pakistan, the NIA source said.
Riyaz reportedly wanted to avenge alleged anti-Muslim activities in Hyderabad. He directed the trio, the planters Asadullah Akhtar, alias Haddi, Mohd Tahseen Akhtar, alias Hasan and Zia-ur-Rahman, alias Waqas, to join Yasin and execute the twin blasts in Dilsukhnagar and other places across the country. A day before the blast, Riyaz told Yasin that a blast would be triggered and asked him to pray for its success.
Riyaz was particular Asadullah purchase a mobile and keep the phone switched on a particular day to receive information about the delivery of explosive from an unknown person, NIA officials said, expanding on the extent of his role in the blasts.