Mobile phone seized from Tihar jail in Ambani bomb scare probe
In a joint search operation contained in the Tihar Jail on Thursday, the Delhi Police Special Cell seized a cell phone from the spot the place terror convicts are lodged.
The recovered phone is suspected to have been used for operating a Telegram channel allegedly used to assert duty for terror acts/threats, mentioned Pramod Singh Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell).
The officer mentioned that additional investigation and forensic evaluation could be performed after the cell handset and particulars of the seizure are obtained from Tihar Jail authorities.
This comes a day after the Special Cell approached the Tihar Jail administration in reference to the case.
A Telegram channel by which an organisation named Jaish-ul-Hind had claimed duty for putting an explosives-laden SUV near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence was “created in Tihar” space of Delhi, mentioned a senior police official.
Mumbai Police took the assistance of a non-public cyber company to trace the placement of the phone on which the Telegram channel was created, the senior Mumbai Police official mentioned. During the investigation, the placement of the phone was traced close to Delhi’s Tihar Jail, he added.
A Mahindra Scorpio SUV with gelatin sticks was discovered parked close to Antilia, the multi-storey residence of Mr. Ambani, in south Mumbai on February 25.
According to police sources, the Telegram channel was created on February 26 and the message claiming duty for putting the car exterior Mr. Ambani’s residence was posted on the Telegram messaging app late in the evening on February 27. The message had additionally demanded fee in cryptocurrency and talked about a hyperlink to deposit the identical.
During the probe, the hyperlink was discovered as “not available”, as a result of which the investigators suspected it to be mischievous, the official mentioned.
On February 28, one other message from Jaish-ul-Hind surfaced on a social media platform, claiming that the organisation didn’t have any function in the incident.
The investigation in the case was initially performed by the Crime Branch of the Mumbai police.
After the mysterious dying of Thane-based auto components supplier Mansukh Hiran, who was in possession of the SUV that was later discovered parked exterior Mr. Ambani’s residence, the probe was transferred to the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).
On March 8, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the case associated to the restoration of the explosives-laden car.
(With inputs from PTI)