While four of them were picked up from Aurangabad, five were brought in from Mumbra. The youngsters are suspected to be linked to a religious organisation, said officers. Until late Tuesday, none of the nine men were placed under arrest.
The ATS has filed an application stating that as the investigation in the case is still ongoing and crucial evidence is being gathered, it should be granted a further 90-day period to file the chargesheet.
Investigations by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) have revealed that just two days before the serial blasts on J M Road,the top Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Riyaz Bhatkal had an internet chat with suspect Feroz alias Humza Abdul Hameed Sayyed (38),a resident of Shukrawar Peth