Investigations into the threat email, sent minutes after two men fired at foreign tourists near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi on September 19, led the police to a SIM card dealer in Dadar TT on Tuesday. The police have detained him for interrogation.
Sources in the Mumbai police said a Tata Docomo SIM card was bought from the dealer on September 16. Procured in the name of Purva Shinde, the card was used to send the email.
“It was bought using a driving licence found to be fake as the registration number on it does not exist,” an investigator said, on condition of anonymity.
The dealer has described the buyer as a man between 20 and 22 years of age, the police said.
The card was inserted into a Nokia phone, which the police suspect was a high-end model that allowed Internet surfing. “The phone was used to connect a laptop to the Net and the threat note was emailed to media houses,” the officer said.
The IP address has been traced to Norway, and the police suspect proxy servers were used to send out the email. “An Indian Mujahideen operative may have bought the Sim card, and they may have hacked into the Net connection from some other place in India,” the officer said.
The police have also seized the application form used to procure the driving licence.