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Peerbhoy, associates sent emails before blasts: Police

delhi Updated: Jun 06, 2009 21:53 IST

Suspected Indian Mujahideen member Mansoor Asghar Peerbhoy and his two associates were on Saturday accused by the Delhi police of sending terror emails to media houses immediately before the serial blasts in the capital on September 13 last year.

"Peerbhoy, 32, and his associates Mobin Kader Sheikh, 25, and Asif Basir Sheikh, 23, had hacked the wi-fi network of a private company near Thane and forwarded the mails to different media organisations," the police alleged in a supplementary chargesheet filed before a Delhi court.

Peerbhoy, a computer engineer who had worked for Yahoo Inc, was alleged to be the head of Indian Mujahideen's media cell.

He used to hack the wi-fi network while Mobin, a graduate in computer science, used to draft the mails, which were translated from Urdu into English by Asif, they said.

The police in the chargesheet, filed in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja, accused the three of acting in criminal conspiracy with other members of Indian Mujahideen.

The accused, arrested by Mumbai police in September last year, were sought to be prosecuted under various provisions of the IPC, Explosive Substances Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Information and Technology Act.

The court, taking into consideration the chargesheet filed in connection with the case registered with Karol Bagh police station in New Delhi, issued production warrants against the three accused for June 27.

Peerbhoy and associates, all hailing from Pune in Maharashtra, were also alleged to have sent similar emails to media houses before the Ahmedabad serial blasts on July 26.

According to the police, Asif, who worked in a private firm, came into contact with Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal during his Urdu learning classes in Pune. The Bhatkal brothers, wanted in the September 13 serial blasts in New Delhi, allegedly motivated him to join Indian Mujahideen.

The police alleged Sheikh, arrested from Pune in September last year, later instigated Peerbhoy to join IM.

Delhi police had interrogated Peerbhoy, Mobin and Asif in March.

On March 17, the court had sent the three suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists, including its media cell head Peerbhoy, to Maharashtra.

The police had on April 15 filed a supplmentary chargesheet against the three in connection with case of the serial blasts registered with Barakhambha Road police station in Delhi.

Five chargesheets had already been filed against Mohd Saif, Zeeshan Ahmed, Zia-ur Rehman, Mohd Shakeel, Saquib Nissar and others in connection with the cases registered following the serial blasts in New Delhi.

A series of blasts had rocked the national capital on September 13 last year killing 26 persons and injuring over 100. The police had also secured non-bailable warrants against 16 suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists, including its Pakistan-based founder Amir Raza Khan, who were still absconding.