After scouring through Meerut, Moradabad and Aligarh, special cell teams of the Delhi Police, along with the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), are on their way to Azamgarh.
According to the police, they have got leads that suggest that men from that area might have been involved in the Jama Masjid attack that happened on September 17.
Although the Delhi Police strongly suspect the use of local men to execute the attack, the police are going to Azamgarh as they believe that the attackers might be residents of the area and might have fled to their hometown after the incident.
“We are on the trail of the attackers. We suspect that the attackers may first go to Azamgarh and then either make their way to Nepal using fake passports or hide somewhere in Uttar Pradesh. Investigations strongly suggest that the men are from Azamgarh,” said a senior Delhi police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The police strongly suspect the attack to be a handiwork of the Indian Mujahideen who are using a new batch of men for executing terror attacks.
The Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has also released photographs of the man who bought the Tata Docomo sim card used to send the email to BBC Hindi.
“The shop owner at Dadar TT who sold the sim card told us that he sold it to a well-built man, not more than 21 years of age with fair complexion. Questioning of some other people has helped us to zero down on a few suspects,” added the officer.
After picking up as many as 50 people for questioning, the special cell of the Delhi Police has detained a man in Mumbai regarding the email.
The joint team of UP ATS and the special cell has also detained two men in connection with the attack.
No arrests have been made in the case so far.