After the input, ATS contacted the Indian Coast Guard and launched a joint operation with them and the commandos of Marine Task Force. By using the Coast Guard's fast patrol vessel boat, the three agencies conducted the joint search operation and eventually tracked down the Iranian dhow.
Nishant Agrawal was in touch with suspected Pakistani intelligence operatives through two Facebook accounts — ‘Neha Sharma’ and ‘Pooja Ranjan’, stated ATS while seeking Agrawal’s transit remand for a detailed interrogation.
The police claimed that the men working as labourers and members of trade unions, were looking to recruit members for the Maoist organisation. The police had also added sections pertaining to forgery against them.
“ATS had requested for Abdullah’s 10-day custody to question him at length,” Inspector General (ATS) Asim Kumar Arun said. Officials said the Saharanpur SSP has been asked to probe how Abdullah managed to get a passport using a local address.