Mumbai/New Delhi: Turf war between the
elite Crime Branch and Anti-Terrorist Squad of Mumbai Police
is believed to have spoiled Delhi Police`s investigations into
the suspected terror attack outside the historic Jama Masjid
in the national capital.
A three-member team of Delhi Police had visited Mumbai
after the incident on Sunday last with some specific leads
provided by the central security agencies about the e-mail and
the technique used by banned Indian Mujahideen only to find
that everything had been leaked to media, sources privy to the
They also found interesting developments that the
operator -- Tata Doccomo -- had been approached by the two
elite forces of the Mumbai Police separately and details of
the phone number were taken and were leaked to media.
The matter was shared with the Union Home Ministry,
which asked the two wings of Maharashtra to maintain utmost
secrecy in the matter.
The Delhi Police team which had gone to investigate
into the leads of the case returned empty handed because of
lack of coordination, the sources said. However, officially
there was no word either from the Delhi Police or Mumbai
Police on this.
Two unidentified motorcycle-borne attackers had on
Sunday last shot and injured two Taiwanese nationals
outside the Jama Masjid here which was followed by a crude
pressure cooker bomb blast in a car in the same area.
The Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the
attack in an e-mail sent to news
organisations and threatened terror strikes during the Games.
In a related development, the Department of Telecom has
again come under attack for its failure to maintain discipline
among the operators to verify the SIM cards.
In this case, the youth identifying himself as Purva
Shinde procured an activated SIM card on absolutely fake
documents and got the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
activated. Using this technology, the accused IM cadre surfed
into a server based in Norway.
The email was already saved in draft folder of
"firstname.lastname@example.org" and was accessed using the GPRS
phone at 13:37 hours on September 19 and sent to various media
The authorities have now asked for stringent action
against the offenders for issuing an activated SIM card.