Tuesday, August 26, 2008

ATS to question staff of eateries around Khalsa

After interrogating students and watchmen of the college, the ATS is now checking out other sites in the vicinity from where the terror email could’ve been sent

After the threat email allegedly sent by the mysterious Indian Mujahideen outfit to several news channels was traced to the computer cell of Khalsa College, Matunga, the ATS on Monday interrogated five students from the college and the watchmen who were on duty.

These five students were present in the computer cell at 7.30 pm on Saturday, around the time when the email related to Ahmedabad blasts was sent using the computer cell’s WiFi network. As the WiFi connection of the college was accessible from outside the college premises as well, the ATS is also interrogating staff of an eatery and a Cafe Coffee Day outlet located near the computer cell.

An ATS officer said, “We checked the range of the WiFi around the computer cell and found that it was accessible from the eateries around the cell such as the Cafe Coffee Day outlet nearby. As many people come to such outlets with their laptops, it is possible that the perpetrator of the crime may have done it while sitting here."

The police is interrogating Cafe Coffee Day’s staff to know if they saw anyone suspicious in the outlet that evening.

However, the police say it is also possible that someone came close vicinity of the computer cell in a car and sent the email by hacking into the cell’s unsecured WiFi network. The watchmen of the college are being interrogated to know if they saw any suspicious person around the college at that time.

The email - which states that Abu Bashir, who has been arrested by the Gujarat police for masterminding the Ahmedabad blasts is innocent and that Indian Mujahideen is not SIMI - is strikingly similar to earlier threat emails sent before and after Ahmedabad blasts.

Written in impeccable English with no spelling or grammatical errors the mail is attached with pictures of the explosiveladen cars that were used in the Ahmedabad blasts and other details, some described in Urdu.

ATS officers say these things indicate that the mail was drafted by someone well-educated. The email is also strikingly similar to those that were sent in relation to the Jaipur and Ahmedabad blasts also a TV channel. Officers say it could have been engineered by the same person.

The previous mails — three in all, one related to the blasts in north India, another regarding the Jaipur blasts and yet another before Ahmedabad blasts — are all suspected to have been sent by Abdus Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer, according to the ATS. The ATS now believes the fresh mail too may have been either sent by him or at his behest.



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