After detaining as many as 50 people in the past 60 hours, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police claimed to have zero in on four persons, who might be able to give crucial information about Sunday’s attacks outside the Jama Masjid.
Two persons have also been detained in Mumbai for questioning in connection with the e-mail purportedly sent by terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM).
The e-mail was sent using a mobile phone. The SIM card as well as the phone was purchased using a fake name and address from Mumbai, the police said.
When officers of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and the Crime Branch reached the address, nobody by that name was found living there.
The Mumbai ATS has picked up two persons for questioning. The officials, however, refused to divulge further details.
The police have been able to establish that the mail was sent from Borivali, in north suburban Mumbai. A SIM card retailer in the central suburb of Dadar in Mumbai has also been picked up in this connection.
The police said that a Docomo SIM card was bought from a retailer in Dadar TT area on September 16. The SIM card, procured in the name of one Purva Shinde was then used to send the mail.
It was bought with the help of a driving licence, which again was found to be fake as the registration number on it does not exist in the records, said a senior Mumbai Police officer on condition of anonymity. The police have seized the application form, which was used to procure the driving licence.
Meanwhile, the retailer has given a description of the person to the police. According to the description furnished by the retailer, the buyer appears to be in his early 20s.
The Special Cell of the Delhi police said that a high-end mobile phone was used to send the mail to various media houses.
According to Special Cell officers, the e-mail sent was “masked” so that the exact place of origin of the mail couldn’t be detected.
The IP address has been traced to Norway. The Delhi Police after the recent developments are now strongly suspecting the hand of Indian Mujahideen (IM) in Sunday’s shooting incident.