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Ambani security scare: Delhi government seeks report on seizure of mobile phone from Tihar Jail

 Tihar Jail authorities have seized a mobile phone which is suspected to have been used for operating a Telegram channel used to claim responsibility for terror acts/ threats, the Delhi Police said on Friday.

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Bengaluru, First Published Mar 12, 2021, 4:54 PM IST
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The Delhi government has sought a report from the director general of Delhi Prisons regarding seizure of a mobile phone from Tihar Jail, after police approached prison authorities in connection with the Mukesh Ambani bomb scare probe.

Tihar Jail authorities have seized a mobile phone which is suspected to have been used for operating a Telegram channel used to claim responsibility for terror acts/ threats, the Delhi Police said on Friday.

Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain told reporters that a probe has been ordered into the matter and action will be taken against anyone found to be at fault.

Jain has also written to the DG (Prisons) in this regard and sought a report about seizure of a mobile phone from the jail.

Tihar Jail officials on Thursday evening conducted a massive search operation inside sub-jail number 8 and recovered a mobile handset and sim card on which a Telegram account in the name of ‘Jaish-ul-Hind’ was created.

Official sources said a private cyber firm had been asked by an investigating agency to track the location of the phone on which the Jaish-ul-Hind Telegram channel was created. During investigation, they found that the channel was allegedly created inside Tihar jail.

The Delhi Police's Special Cell had approached the Tihar Jail administration on Thursday after the new angle emerged, according to official sources.

"Based on information provided by the Special Cell, Tihar Jail authorities have seized a mobile phone from a jail where certain terror convicts are lodged. It is suspected that this phone has been used for operating Telegram channels used recently for claiming responsibility for terror acts/ threats," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah said.

A Mahindra Scorpio car with gelatin sticks was found parked near "Antilia", the multi-storey residence of Ambani, in south Mumbai on February 25.

The message had also demanded payment in cryptocurrency and mentioned a link to deposit the same.

After the mysterious death of Thane-based auto parts dealer Mansukh Hiran, who was in possession of the SUV that was later found parked outside Ambani's residence, the probe was transferred to the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

On Monday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the case related to the recovery of the explosives-laden vehicle.

(With inputs from agency)

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