NIA's strong sources claim that the missing IM fugitives might be in connection with the High Court blast conspiracy. Five people have so far been detained in connection with the blast: four in Kishtwar in Jammu and one in Balrampur, UP.
The IM men on the run are Ariz, alias Junaid, Bada Sajid, Mirza Shadab Baig, Mohammed Khalid, Dr Shahnawaz, Amanullah Akhtar, Riaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, Amir Raza Khan and Shahrukh alias Yasin. Some of these names had also cropped up during the Mumbai serial blasts in July.
The NIA sleuths are busy sifting through data of phone calls and email records which are on the “suspect list" maintained by intelligence agencies. In addition, call data records from the entire NCR area are being scanned.
The NIA on Thursday also announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh to anyone giving information on the blast. Even as the mail sent out on Wednesday where HuJI claimed responsibility for the blast was tracked to a cyber cafe in Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir, another mail, this time purportedly by IM, surfaced.