By A Ahmed Ali
The Times of India
October 8, 2008
MUMBAI: The Mumbai crime branch, which is investigating the hacking of
Internet Protocol (IP) addresses by suspected IM terrorists, have now
got the names of at least three other persons besides Mohammed Mansoor
Asgar Peerbhoy, a principal software engineer with Yahoo.
Sources in the Intelligence Bureau (IB), who were the first to
interrogate Peerbhoy, said the lecture on hacking which they had
attended in Hyderabad had been held in the second week of May 2007.
Peerbhoy reportedly told the police that there were ten persons present
and two, who were probably foreigners, had lectured him about hacking. A
noted cyber guru of Hyderabad city, who assists the local police in
cyber crime cases, is believed to have attended these lectures. A crime
branch team has already left for Hyderabad to probe this aspect.
Peerbhoy told police that his four-member team would arrive in Mumbai
and Navi Mumbai from Pune on several occasions to identify the places
from where there were strong WiFi signals. Peerbhoy told police that
they would arrive in the city with three laptops in his personal Zen
Estilo car (MHO4-CA 4493) driven by his chauffeur Ismail Choudhary.
After the work was over, two of them would take the State Transport
Asiad buses from Dadar to Pune to avoid any checking on the way.
Choudhary drove one of them to Pune by road.
The arrested accused have been identified as Afzal Mutalib Usmani,
Mohammed Sadik Shaikh, Mohammed Arif Shaikh, Mohammed Zakir Shaikh,
Ansar Ahmed Shaikh, Asif Bashir Shaikh, Mohammed Mansoor Peerbhoy, Mubin
Kadar Shaikh, Mohammed Atiq Iqbal, Dastagir Phiroz Mujawar, Mohammed
Akbar Chaudhary, Aniq Shafiq Sayed, Majid Akthar Shaikh, Yasir Anis
Syed, Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash, Fazal-e-Rehman Durani, Ahmed Bawa
Abubakar, Mohammed Ali Ahmed, Javed Ali and Syed Noushad.
Although investigations will continue, sources said that their focus
would now be on a watertight case.
"We have already begun collecting material evidence, like weapons,
jihadi literature, indoctrination CDs, explosives, anaesthesia
injections, laptops containing various numbers, hawala evidence and so
on," said joint commissioner of police (crime) Rakesh Maria.
Additional commissioner of police Deven Bharti said that so far
investigations had revealed that the module had in three years received
about Rs 26 lakh through hawala operators. When asked why the accused
had kept anaesthesia injections, Maria said that it could be because the
module's founders, like Riyaz Bhatkal and Amir Raza, were former
associates of gangster Aftaf Ansari, who was involved in a series of
kidnappings in Kolkata. "We assume that the gang may be using the
anaesthesia to sedate targets in case of emergencies," said Maria.
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