"The arrested men may be taken to Mumbai on Saturday, Oct 4 for questioning," IGP (Western Range) Ashit Mohan Prasad and SP Satheesh Kumar said.
The first to be picked up were Mohammed Ali and his son Javed, from whom police seized computers, two mobile handsets and materials on jihad. On Javed's information, Naushad was arrested. Naushad led the cops to the house of Riyaz Bhatkal, against whom the Mumbai police have issued a nation-wide alert. Five grenades and improvised pipe bombs were seized along with 12 mobile handsets, SIM cards and jihadi material at Subhash Nagar. Riyaz Bhatkal was away at the time of the raid.
Naushad also led police to the house of Bhatkal"s accomplice Mudassar (24), where a laptop, a hard disk, Rs 11.39 lakh in cash, five mobile handsets, passports, CDs and jihadi material were recovered and Ahmed Bava was also arrested. Prasad told, "He added that bombs for blasts in other places in the country may have been supplied from here."
The next step of the Police is to analyse the banks used for transactions, such as where did the funds come from, flow of the funds, etc. Prasad said, "Experts would analyze the computer hard disks. A lot of information could be gleaned through analysis of documents seized."
Kumar said Electronic Photo Identity Cards (EPICs) were used as identity proof to procure SIM cards. The police also seized three passports belonging to Yasin Haji Razak Pothwala (55), Mafusa Yasin (53), both from Gujarat, and Syed Mohammed Irshad (55) from Koondapur. Kumar said they have to verify if these passports were genuine. One EPIC is in the name of Raj Gangwal (19), whose address has been listed as B-606, Sangam Vihar, New Delhi.