Delhi Police on way to Azamgarh, looking for Jama Masjid attackers

By Staff Writer,

New Delhi: A week after the Jama Masjid firing, the Special Cell of Delhi Police is reportedly on way to Azamgarh, suspecting men from the eastern Uttar Pradesh district may have been involved in the attack. The attack was carried out on September 19 – the second anniversary of Batla House encounter in which two youths from the district were killed.

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While the Delhi Police suspect some men from the district, it has been found out that the Indian Mujahideen email sent to media couple of hours after the firing at Taiwanese tourists, was sent from a mobile phone in Mumbai. However, according to the police, the address given for the TATA Docomo SIM card and phone were wrong. But there is no report if the police are trailing the mobile phone holder using the unique IEMI number that each working mobile in India now carries.

According to media reports, through Meerut, Moradabad and Aligarh, the special cell teams of the Delhi Police, along with the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), are on their way to Azamgarh. “According to the police, they have got leads that suggest that men from that area might have been involved in the Jama Masjid attack. Although the Delhi Police strongly suspect the use of local men to execute the attack, the police are going to Azamgarh as they believe that the attackers might be residents of the area and might have fled to their hometown after the incident,” says a Hindustan Times report.

“We are on the trail of the attackers. We suspect that the attackers may first go to Azamgarh and then either make their way to Nepal using fake passports or hide somewhere in Uttar Pradesh. Investigations strongly suggest that the men are from Azamgarh,” says the paper quoting an unnamed senior Delhi police officer.

In the latest development, it has been found that IM email was sent from a server in Norway. Home Minister P Chidambaram has disclosed: “The e-mail that came a few hours after the firing has been traced to a server in a foreign country—Norway.” The Home Minister said the investigators have found that it was a SIM card purchased and put in a GPS activated mobile phone from which the e-mail,owing affiliation to terror group Indian Mujahideen, was sent. The HM, however, ruled out any connection between the attack and email.

“So we have leads but we have to zero on the particular person who sent it. (There is) nothing in the email itself which directly links it the shooting (near Jama Masjid). We are not certain that the persons involved in the shooting are directly connected with the e-mail,” Chidambaram has been quoted as saying.