Bengaluru, Jan 25: The mystery behind the letter that was sent to the French Consulate in Bengaluru threatening attacks may have been solved.
The National Investigating Agency which is probing a case relating to alleged ISIS recruiters and sympathisers in India has learnt from the police, that the letter may have been sent by a person called Rafeeq Ahmed.
Ahmed was arrested in Bengaluru last week. He is also said to have stabbed a constable while attempting to evade arrest. He was allegedly a recruiter for the ISIS and was planning a series of strikes, the investigators have claimed. It has also been learnt that he may have been the one who sent the letter to the consulate last week.
The French Consulate had received a letter under the name of the al-Qaeda in which it was stated that if Francois Hollande, the French President visits India, there would be attacks. Although the letter was received on January 11, the police only registered a case last week.
Investigators say that the Ahmed may have got the letter posted from Chennai. During the initial round of investigations it was found that the letter had originated from Chennai.
The letter contained a map of India and was signed al-Qaeda. The police say that when they raided his house in Bengaluru, they had found similar maps and hence suspect that he could be the one behind the letter to the French consulate.