The matter was reported by the Meerut trader, Hashim Ilahi himself when he said that he received the offer-for-cash calls at night on Jul 13. He added that he was offered two crore for engineering riots and blasts in the city, with the caller claiming that he was from Iran. He said, "They called me from these three numbers + 9837173840, + 3444050 and + 7868970150."
Ilahi must have been chosen for the deadly assignment because the last three digits of his phone number was 786, a number that is considered auspicious by Islam, a newspaper report said.
The Special Director General of police Brij Lal stated on this curious case, "The investigation into the case is being handed over to the STF... Initial investigation has revealed that the call originated from Iran and landed at India gateway through US and the subscriber got it through a private operator."