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'Atif's phone calls may give blasts clues'

Phone calls by Atif, the alleged kingpin of the serial blasts in Delhi and other cities, to three cell phones in Gujarat may hold the key in the recent explosions in Ahmedabad as well.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2008 19:45 IST

Phone calls made by Atif, the alleged mastermind of the serial blasts in Delhi and other cities, to three cell phones in Gujarat may hold the key to prove Indian Mujahideen's role in the recent explosions in Ahmedabad.

The 24-year-old, Atif made these calls from his cell phone to persons in Gujarat, whose numbers were under surveillance of Delhi and Gujarat police and intelligence agencies, a senior Delhi Police official said.

"Atif, head of Indian Mujahideen, made calls to three numbers -- 971xxxx204, 971xxxx899, 972xxxx196 in Gujarat and this could establish the links of the outfit in the Ahmedabad blasts which were "disclosed" by those arrested in New Delhi," the official said.

The forensic analysis of Atif's phone by the city police also corroborated the statements given by Mohd Saif, who was arrested on last Friday for his alleged involvement in the Delhi serial blasts, that Atif was in Connaught Place for a recce on September three, he said.

"Atif's phone was traced to Connaught Place area on September three," the official said.

The technical analysis of the laptop seized from Jamia Nagar flat, where Atif and others were staying, also showed clippings of Ahmedabad blasts.

The laptop, believed to belong to Atif, also had photographs of Tauqir and video clips of the Ahmadabad blasts, which were sent through e-mails to various media organisations.

Investigators said Atif and 11 others had gone to Ahmedabad around July ten and eight of them returned a week after.

The module again went to Ahmedabad on July 23 and returned to Delhi a day after the July 26 blasts.

During interrogation, the investigators claimed that Mohd Shakil, the ideologue of the module, told them that he had planted the bomb in Mani Nagar in Gujarat, the constituency of state Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

It was Tauqeer, the SIMI pointsman in the scheme of things, who arranged base for Atif and others to carry out blasts in Ahmedabad, they said.

However, Tauqeer did not posses Atif's mobile number.

"Atif did not provide his number to Taqueer and whenever he wanted to contact the SIMI man, he called him from a public telephone booth," an official attached with the probe team said.

Investigators had also seized from Shakil's possession a copy of a leading weekly with the cover story 'Helpless and Hapless India' on blasts in the country.