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Accused’s FB account will reveal valuable info: ATS

mumbai Updated: Feb 29, 2012 01:18 IST
Rahul Mahajani

The Anti-Terrorism Squad believes that arrested accused Naquee Ahmed’s Facebook account will yield valuable information in the 13/7 blasts case.

“The ATS is scanning Naquee’s Facebook account and going through all those on his friends list. We are in the process of checking their backgrounds to see if there is anyone with any connection to the blasts or the Indian Mujahideen,” an ATS officer said, on condition of anonymity. “A few people have already been questioned.” Five ATS teams in Mumbai are investigating the case. One of the teams sent to Dharbhanga has come back with crucial leads. “The ATS will now take Naquee to Dharbhanga this week,” the officer said.

The official refused to disclose Naquee’s Facebook ID as well as when he started the account, but said the account has been blocked and most of the material on it has been scanned.

“For recruiting men, many times in the past terror groups have used the Internet and social networking websites,” he said.

The ATS is now trying to determine whether the IM used this method to start the Dharbhanga module.

“For busting the IM’s Dharbhanga module, this Facebook account could be the key.”

As per ATS investigations, Naquee came in contact with Yasin Bhatkal, a top IM operative in 2008 at Dharbhanga, from where he was indoctrinated in the IM. The ATS believes that both Naquee and Nadeem Sheikh — the second arrested accused — belong to the Dharbhanga module, which played a major role in the 13/7 blasts. The Delhi police had earlier said Naquee was their informer and that they had brought him to Mumbai so they could nab the bombers and Yasin. The ATS, however, claimed Naquee played a significant role in the blasts and arrested him.

According to officials, Naquee got the SIM cards, acquired the room in Habib building, collected the money Yasin got through hawala and also got the explosives from Nadeem Sheikh.