Investigators are going after every pursuable lead to crack the Mumbai serial blast case but have no solid leads so far. They are checking up on every Indian Mujahideen (IM) or Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activist apprehended in the last few months across the country.
Simultaneous investigations are being carried out by Kolkata, Ranchi, Bhopal, Delhi , Ahmedabad, Bhatkal and Hyderabad apart from Mumbai. Maharashtra ATS chief Rakesh Maria said members of various modules arrested in the past are being questioned.
The Maharashtra ATS has already sought information about Abdullah alias Nata — right hand man of Amir Reja Khan — who reportedly went to Mumbai from Howrah a few months back.
Forensic experts are now certain that mobile phone was used as a timer device in all three blasts in Mumbai. They have found many similarities between the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used in Mumbai and the IEDs used by Indian Mujahideen in the past.
They are also certain that, at least in Zaveri Bazar, the IED planter used an umbrella in some way. “But it will take some time to reach at any conclusion on the structure of the IED,” said a source.
According to sources, sweeping of mobile call details from the areas surrounding the blast sites has not yielded any tangible lead. Sources also revealed that for the last few years terrorists have been maintaining a very strict mobile use discipline.
Interrogation of eight IM/ Simi suspects held in Madhya Pradesh last month is on.
According to sources, the group arrested in Madhya Pradesh was involved in criminal acts to fund their activities.
They had looted around 13 kilograms of gold from the office a company, which gives loan on the basis of gold deposits. After their arrest, Madhya Pradesh police recovered almost half of the gold looted.
The suspects told interrogators that they went to different cities to dispose of the gold in small quantities. Apart from that it is also alleged that they robbed various banks in the state. After raising money through criminal activities they bought a house in Bhopal and as some weapons also.
Some of them were active on ‘Facebook’ to spot potential recruits. The police recovered many jehadi audio and video CDs from their hideout.
Malik dials PC
Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik telephoned his Indian counterpart P Chidambaram on Saturday and offered condolences on the loss of lives in Mumbai’s serial bomb blasts three days ago while assuring him of his country’s “fullest assistance”.
(with PTI inputs)