Three of the 11 detained Muslim youth who hailed from Maharashtra have admitted to their links with the Student's Islamic Movement of India but were not associated with the recent Mumbai blasts, police said.
The youth who were apprehended from a mosque in Dhalai district of Tripura on July 13 had no link with the Mumbai blasts because they had entered Tripura on June 23 last, the police said.
A report sent by the Dhalai district police to the police headquarters in Agartala said during interrogation by a team of anti-terrorist squad (ATS) of Mumbai and Tripura police on Tuesday, the youth said they had ties with the SIMI but had snapped the link after the outfit was banned in 2001.
A police official said, "We will further investigate if they are maintaining links with SIMI even after the outfit was banned".
The youth were apprehended from a mosque located at the border village of Sonarai in Dhalai district after the serial blasts in Mumbai and Srinagar on July 11.
The youth who had identified themselves as religious activists were detained for being involved in suspicious activities.
Of the eleven one is an electronic engineer who studied in Texas, another a textile engineer and yet another is a mechanical engineer.
A two-member team of the Anti-Terrorist squad of the Mumbai police had arrived in Agartala on Monday to interrogate the youth who hailed from Mumbra town in Thane district.