The mastermind behind the pre-Diwali blasts in Delhi in October last year is suspected to be the brain behind Tuesday's serial explosions in Mumbai's suburban trains, police sources said on Thursday.
Rahil, a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative who is suspected to have planned and executed the pre-Diwali Delhi blasts that killed over 60 persons in October last year, is thought to be the key person involved in planning Tuesday's blasts, they said.
Mumbai Police have shortlisted Rahil and his associate Imtiaz along with one Zaibuddin Ansari as the prime suspects on the basis of information gathered from independent sources and intelligence agencies, police sources said.
While intelligence agencies who have been tracking Rahil and Imtiaz for a long time now, traced him last in Bangladesh, Ansari, who is wanted in connection with the Aurangabad arms and explosives case, is also suspected to have fled to Bangladesh.
The police suspect that since Rahil, Imtiaz and Ansari have affiliation with banned LeT, they could have jointly planned and executed the blasts in Mumbai.
Since Ansari's links with outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India have already been established by the ATS, it is suspected that the blasts were jointly executed by a LeT module with the help of SIMI, sources said.