Delhi/Mumbai: Investigators Friday searched a number of
locations and picked up about a dozen suspected operatives of the
home-grown Islamist terror organisation Indian Mujahideen as
authorities were still looking for leads in the probe into the
deadly triple blasts that hit Mumbai Wednesday.
As officials claimed that no definite clue was found two days
after the bombings, informed sources told IANS that multiple raids
were conducted following a suspicion that it may have been an
operation of the Indian Mujahideen modules from Hyderabad,
Karnataka and Jharkhand with the help of some local support.
They said 12 suspects of the terror outfit, which had previously
owned up responsibility for similar terror strikes in Indian
cities, were picked up from various locations across the country
in the search operations.
The sources said the outfit may have formed a new module with
recruits from varous cities after keeping a low profile in the
Police sources in Jharkhand capital Ranchi told IANS that a team
of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) searched the home of
Manzar Imam in connection with the Mumbai bombings that killed 17
However, Imam, said to be in his 30s, had gone out for some
treatment when the team from India's premier anti-terror probe
agency searched his home. The sources said the NIA sleuths spoke
to his family and searched his computer for information.
Imam, the sources said, is a neighbour and friend of Danish, whose
name figured in the probe into the 2008 Ahmedabad serial bombings,
in which at least 50 people were killed.
"My son is being implicated as he was a friend of Danish," said
Manzar's father Ali Imam.
According to the sources, Danish's mail was tracked by
investigating agencies who believed that some Ranchi youth were
associated with the Indian Mujahideen.
The NIA sleuths have also been sent to Karnataka and Hyderabad
where they are probing the recent activities of the suspects of
the Indian Mujahideen and Students Islamic Movement of India
Sources said that examination of the CCTV footage, collected from
Wenesday evening's blast sites, has so far hinted that the
terrorists who planted the bombs may not have been locals from
The sources said that the Intelligence Bureau had received an
input from Hyderabad in February that some Indian Mujahideen men
were planning to strike.
But the information could not be followed up because the
terrorists have stopped using cellphones and emails, they said,
and added that they may have met in person.
The investigators are also working on a theory that the
terrorists, who could be more than one, who planted the bombs may
have used a "safe house" in areas near the blast sites in Mumbai
to manufacture the bombs.
The theory is based on the fact that the bombs were Improvised
Explosive Devices made with ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, called
ANFO. The sources added that it is difficult and dangerous to
travel long distances with the prepared IED as it is unstable and
can detonate by even a slight spark.
Even police patrolling at various places in and around Mumbai is
so intense that the bombers may not have taken the risk of being
caught with a bomb, they said.
Two of the three blast sites - Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House are
separated by a little over a kilometre and Dadar, the third site,
is about 12 km away.
That means, if a "safe house" was used it could be close to or
around Zaveri Bazaar or Opera House.