A Telegram channel of the purported terror group Jaish ul Hind, which claimed responsibility for parking an SUV with gelatin sticks and a terror note outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai residence, was allegedly created in Delhi’s Tihar jail, a private cyber agency has claimed.
Official sources said that a central probe agency asked the private firm to track the location of the phone on which the Telegram channel was created.
They did not identify the investigating agency but said that it had communicated the finding to the Delhi Police Special Cell.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is handling the probe into the case of terror threat while the mysterious death of the vehicle owner and the alleged theft of the vehicle before it was found outside Ambani’s residence on 25 February are being probed by Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).
A security analysis report of the private cyber firm said that the Telegram channel was created through the TOR network, which is used to access the dark web, from a SIM card in a mobile device that was located “near/in Tihar jail”. The dark web is a part of the Internet that can only be accessed through anonymous networks like TOR and not traditional search engines.
The report, which lists the mobile number through which the Internet was accessed, states that the channel was created around 3:20 PM on 26 February. The message claiming responsibility for the security scare outside Antilia, the Ambani house on south Mumbai’s Carmichael Road, was posted on the Telegram channel late in the night of 27 February.
On 28 February, another group claiming to be Jaish ul Hind had posted a message on a different Telegram channel claiming that the message was not put out by them and denying any role in the incident. The police suspect that this message was sent from outside the country although they have not been able to pin the location.
The message allegedly created in Tihar had claimed responsibility for parking the vehicle outside the residence, demanded money from the Ambanis, and included a link for payment through cryptocurrency. The Mumbai police found that the link was not functional.
The message had claimed that the incident was “only a trailer” and that “the big picture was yet to come”. The message stated that “…the brother who placed the SUV near the Ambani house has reached the safe house”.