The Maharashtra ATS on Wednesday claimed that the hawala money used for the 13/7 serial blasts case in the city was routed through the UAE.
"The hawala money utilised to engineer the triple blasts was routed through UAE. We have all the details as to how the money was channelised via UAE and who sponsored it," an ATS official said on condition of anonymity.
On Monday, the state ATS had claimed a breakthrough in the probe with the arrest of two suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives Naqi Ahmed Wasi Ahmed Sheikh and Nadeem Akhtar Ashfaq Sheikh, originally from Bihar's Darbhanga district.
Investigators also claimed that with the arrest of Haroon Rashid Naik, currently in jail in a fake currency case, they stumbled upon the money trail in the blasts and zeroed in on IM as the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, talking about the recovery of two Unicorn make motorcycles, allegedly stolen by Naqi and Nadeem from Dongri and VP Road areas here last August and October for future use, state ATS chief Rakesh Maria said the two vehicles were transported to Bihar by a train using fake documents.
During the probe, ATS had confiscated the two motorcycles from Bihar, while the vehicles were being used by the relatives of Naqi and Ahmed.
"Naqi and Ahmed had already possessed two Unicorn motorcycles, which they used for a few weeks before selling them off in Mumbai. However, the two had kept the photocopies of these vehicles' documents after selling them," Maria said.
"The plate numbers of these two stolen motorcycles were replaced by the numbers of those vehicles which they had bought and sold. Then they submitted photocopies of their previously owned vehicles to the railway authorities at the time of verification, while transporting the stolen vehicles to Bihar," he added.