Investigators probing last week’s triple blasts in the city questioned relatives and friends of a Juhu resident, who was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh (MP) police in June and had mentioned how the Indian Mujahideen (IM) had resorted to robbery to fund its operations.
A team carried out a check on his family and his neighbourhood for leads in the July 13 blasts. “The probe did not reveal anything,” a source said, while adding that the investigators are looking into every possible angle.
Sources said that Dr Farhan alias Abu Faisal, who was arrested in June was shown as an accused in a robbery case. He told interrogators that he and his accomplices had robbed an office of a gold loan company in MP and looted 10 kg of gold.
“They brought that gold to Maharashtra and sold it in Beed and Akola,” a source said. Faisal also stated that from the money raised by selling the gold, he paid Rs 4 lakh to advocate Shahid Azmi to appear for Safdar Nagori, a member of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
He said that the IM is the prime suspect at the moment and sleuths are now looking for Manzar, a resident of Bariyatu, Ranchi whose house was raided by the National Investigation Agency.
“We are seeing him as a likely brain behind the bombings as he had undergone training with Danish Riyaz who is currently in custody of the Gujarat police for his alleged role in July 26, 2008 blasts in Ahmedabad,” the source added.