Updated December 21st, 2023 at 12:18 IST
Parliament terror probe: Manoranjan travelled to several countries from 2013-2023. Details here
Manoranjan drew attention during probe for his extensive travels, which spanned from 2013 to January 2023 and included several visits to Thailand & Cambodia
Bengaluru: As part of their investigation into the December 13 terror attack at Parliament, Delhi Police officials detained Sai Krishna, a top software engineer from Vidyagiri in Bagalkot city, Karnataka. As further information became available, it was discovered that Sai Krishna was related to Manoranjan, who was being investigated.
During the probe, Manoranjan's extensive foreign travels came under the scanner, which spanned from 2013 to January 2023 and included several visits to Thailand and Cambodia. The lack of a digital trail in Manoranjan's transactions have further raised suspicion. As per probe, Manoranjan only used cash and left no evidence of card swipes or e-wallet usage.
Manoranjan and his actions came under more investigation due to his unusual behaviour, which led law enforcement officials to probe his alleged anti-national activities. The investigators are especially invested in determining the source of funds for Manoranjan and his colleagues.
It's interesting to note that Manoranjan gave his exact residential location while obtaining fresh SIM cards, despite his mysterious transactions. When it became apparent that the SIM cards acquired in January 2022 had been heavily utilised to make many calls to Sai Krishna, the investigation took a drastic turn.
Due to this connection, there are now serious concerns regarding Sai Krishna's possible involvement in the financial elements of Manoranjan's operations. Authorities are investigating if Sai Krishna could be the crucial component needed to identify the sources of finance for Manoranjan's activities.
Interestingly, the two shared a room, which raises the issue of how they got along when they were engineering students in Bengaluru.
Manoranjan's parents being questioned
A specialised police squad is currently questioning Manoranjan's parents in Mysuru in an effort to gain further information insights into the breach that compromised parliamentary security. Sagar Sharma, Neelam Devi, Amol Shinde, Lalit Jha, and Vicky Sharma were among the arrested individuals involved in the breach. They coordinated several aspects of the breach by employing yellow smoke canisters within the Lok Sabha and outside the Parliament complex.
According to sources, these accused people gathered at Lalit Jha's house in Gurugram after travelling from outside of Delhi. Jha supposedly recorded the lighting-up of smoke canisters outside Parliament.
Sai Krishna's arrest and the newly discovered connections to Manoranjan represent a major development in the investigation, illuminating the intricate web of relationships that underpinned the Parliament security breach.
Published December 21st, 2023 at 12:18 IST