Investigations into the 13/7 serial blasts are focusing heavily on suspects in Gujarat, with the state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) reportedly getting major leads pointing to the involvement of the Indian Mujahideen (IM).
Sources said the ATS, with the help of the Gujarat ATS, detained three suspects from Ahmedabad who are believed to be new IM recruits. The three have reportedly spilled the beans on the entire conspiracy. They are being brought to Mumbai for further investigations to decide the veracity of their statements. “We have now got concrete leads and are very confident of cracking the case,” said a senior officer .
Meanwhile, state ATS sources said the Zaveri Bazar bomb was kept in a steel tiffin and on the scooter’s seat, not in the boot. The Opera House bomb was planted in a dustbin, but whether a tiffin was used is not yet known. The Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory’s ( FSL )) preliminary report says the bombs had ammonium nitrate and TNT .
Intercepted phone calls and emails have also given clues to investigators that the 13/7 triple blasts may have a Gujarat connection. The state ATS, along with central agencies, has been monitoring phone calls, which led to clues being unearthed on Saturday. “The calls intercepted are suspicious. Some calls are just two to three minutes long, but seem important. We cannot ignore such calls. Investigations are at such a stage that we cannot utter a single word about the probe,” said a senior ATS officer.
Emails sent and received by arrested IM operative Danish Riyaz have not provided much information about the Mumbai blasts, but helped police know about other IM operatives. Danish was arrested three weeks ago by the Gujarat ATS. A two-member team from the National Technical Research Organization (NTRO), led by an inspector-general of police rank, was camping at ATS headquarters, Nagpada, Mumbai, on Monday. The NTRO suspects that some of the texts and pictures in Danish’s emails could be a form of steganography, which involves hiding messages in small files. TOI