A cell phone, which is suspected to have been used for working a Telegram channel that was allegedly used to assert duty for putting an explosives-laden automotive close to industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai residence, was seized from Tihar Jail on Thursday, The Hindu reported. The cellphone was present in a cell the place terror convicts are lodged, stated Pramod Singh Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Particular Cell).
The cellular handset was recovered from the barrack of Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu, a suspected Indian Mujahideen operative, reported The Indian Specific. “Primarily based on data offered by the Particular Cell, Tihar Jail authorities have seized a cell phone from a jail the place sure terror convicts are lodged,” stated Kushwaha. “It’s suspected that this cellphone has been used for working Telegram Channels used just lately for claiming duty for terror acts and threats.” He added that additional investigation and forensic evaluation can be carried out after they obtain the cellular handset and different particulars of the seizure.
An organisation named Jaish-ul-Hind had claimed duty for the safety scare outdoors Ambani’s home. An unidentified senior Delhi Police officer stated the Telegram channel was “created in Tihar” space.
The Mumbai Police had sought assist from a non-public cyber company to trace the placement of the cellphone on which the Telegram channel was created. In the course of the investigation, the placement of the cellphone was traced close to Delhi’s Tihar Jail, stated a Mumbai Police official.
On February 25, 20 gelatin sticks had been recovered from a black Scorpio discovered lower than two kilometres from Ambani’s multi-storey dwelling Antilia. The police had stated that the gelatin recovered from the automotive was the industrial kind that’s utilized in mining and building.
The Telegram channel was reportedly created on February 26 and the message claiming duty for the incident was posted on the app on February 27, The Hindu reported, citing unidentified officers. Within the message, the sender had demanded cost in cryptocurrency and shared a hyperlink additionally. On February 28, one other message from Jaish-ul-Hind on a social media platform claimed that the organisation didn’t have any position within the incident.
The investigation within the case was initially dealt with by the Crime Department of the Mumbai Police. After the reported proprietor of the explosive-laden automotive was discovered lifeless close to Thane on March 5, the Maharashtra ATS filed a homicide case. Nonetheless, the Ambani’s safety scare case was taken over by the Nationwide Investigation Company. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray stated that there was one thing “fishy” concerning the NIA taking up the investigation into the bomb risk.