The suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative, who procured the SIM card used to send the terror email to media houses on September 19, had pretended to be the brother of Purva Shinde, in whose name the card had been bought.
Interestingly, Purva Shinde has turned out to be a fake identity, too, as the documents provided to support the identification have turned out to be false.
A police officer said the suspected IM man even signed on behalf of his purported ‘sister’ in front of the Dadar retailer on the SIM card procurement form.
The officer said, this was a major slip-up on the part of the retailer for allowing the man to sign on the applicant’s behalf.
The police have also identified the handset used to send the email — a Nokia N 51.
The police have established that the phone changed at least 3-4 hands before it was bought by the alleged IM operative who used it to send the email to media houses minutes after two motorcycle-borne youths opened fire on foreign tourists near Jama Masjid in New Delhi on September 19.
The police established the last known owner of the handset through the IMEI number, which in turn was traced through the Docomo connection used to send the email. The police then established the SIM numbers that had been used earlier in the same phone.
The last known owner has already been questioned by the police and has told investigators that he had bought it second-hand. The address on the SIM procurement form was mentioned as Lakhani Apartments, Borivli (West).
The documents, supporting the address have, however, turned out be fake as the driving licence provided by the SIM buyer bears a fake registration number.
The handset was connected to a laptop and the email, along with a PDF file attachment, was mailed to media houses.
The IP address of the email has been traced to Norway and police suspect that proxy servers may have been used to send the email. Sources said the connection may have been hacked into by an operative sitting in some other part of the country.