5 detained for alleged links with recent terror strikes

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Pune, Oct 6 (UNI) Five people were detained by the Mumbai Police here today for their alleged links with the recent serial blasts in Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi and the terror-emails sent by the terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen.

The Investigations were yet to confirm if the group was involved in hacking the Wi-Fi network and sending terror threat emails to the police and media house before the serial blasts, a crime branch official told UNI on condition of anonymity.

The five persons, identified as Mohammed Akbar Ismail Choudhary (26), Anees Shakil Sayyad (27), Majid Attar Shaikh (26) and Farooq Shamsuddin Taraskar (25), all residents of Kondwa, and Yasir Anees Sayyad, staying in Kasba Peth area of the city, were detained early this morning, he said.

According to police, they detained the youths following information obtained from interrogation of Indian Mujahideen members earlier arrested by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. Most of those arrested had roots in Azamgarh and Uttar Pradesh.

Seven teams of the Mumbai crime branch were sent to various parts of the country, including Pune and Mangalore, last week. The Crime branch was on the look-out for several SIMI and Indian Mujahideen modules, specialised in hacking Wi-Fi connections for sending the terror emails, the sources said.

Yasir, Anees and Akbar were reported to be mobile repairing engineers. Majid is a graphic designer and Farooq is an accountant working with a private company, Police sources added.

Meanwhile, policemen in plain clothes have been deployed in some areas after a few houses in Kondhwa were found displaying ''Jihadi'' messages.

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