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Masters of technology and supporters of terror


Shoaib Ahmed,CNN-IBN
Oct 08, 2008 at 12:52am IST

Mumbai: The e-mails terrorist group Indian Mujahideen sent to news channels minutes before the bomb blasts in Ahmedabad, Jaipur and New Delhi were written in fluent English and had the imprint of a new net-savvy militant.

The Crime Branch of Mumbai Police on Monday said it had busted the media wing of the Indian Mujahideen. It alleged that four software professionals, who were arrested in Pune, had sent the terror e-mails and they were all members of the Indian Mujahideen.

The four men were all well educated and well paid at their jobs.

Mohammed Asgar Mansoor Peerbhoy, 31, was principal software Engineer at Yahoo! India had an annual salary of Rs 19 lakh. Asghar was fluent in English and allegedly drafted the terror e-mails before sending them from three Mumbai locations exploiting unsecured wi-fi connections.

Mubin Kadar Sheikh, a 24-year-old computer science graduate, allegedly assisted Peerbhoy.

The third technician in the group was Asif Basheer Sheikh, a 22-year-old mechanical engineer, who allegedly played a key role in planting 18 bombs in Surat that didn’t explode.

The last link in the terror chain was Mohammed Ismail Choudhary, a 28-year-old computer mechanic, who allegedly drove the other three to Mumbai so they could hack into wi-fi connections.

The police claim Peerbhoy is the leader of the group. The accusation against Peerbhoy, who lived in Pune's affluent Kondwa suburb and was a topper at school and college, has shocked his neighborhood. His family is currently untraceable.

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