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Two Delhi terror mail senders in police net
Class XI student duo arrested in Kishtwar
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria/TNS

Jammu, September 14
Investigators on Wednesday arrested two persons from Kishtwar and charged them with criminal conspiracy in connection with the terror mail traced to Jammu and Kashmir claiming responsibility for the Delhi High Court blast.

The duo, arrested by a team of the National Investigation Agency and the Jammu and Kashmir Police, has been identified as Abid Hussain Wani, son of Ataullah Wani of Pranoo in Bhaderwah, who is currently putting up in Kishtwar, and Shariq Butt, son of Rafiq Ahmed Butt of Kishtwar.

“Last night around 11pm, Principal District and Sessions Judge ML Manhas sent the two accused to seven-day police remand,” official sources said.

They have been booked under IPC Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 153-A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 134-A (attack on government servant on duty). The two also face charges of hacking of computer system) under the Section 66 of the Information Technology Act. Both are Class XI students of Government Higher Secondary School in Kishtwar and one of them, Shariq, is a nephew of Farooq Ahmed Butt and Irshad Ahmed Butt - both former militants of Hizbul Mujahideen. The latter are also under detention.

Abid and Shariq were accused of sending the terror email about an hour after the high-intensity blast ripped through the Delhi High Court on September 7 killing 13 persons.

“One of them had definitely sent the e-mail on that very day and now it seems we are on the right track,” said a senior police officer, who did not want to be named.

It is alleged that either Abid or Shariq had used the ID harkatuljihadi2011@gmail.com for sending the email which had claimed responsibility for the blast. Official sources said they have been questioned and their role in the blast conspiracy is being probed vigorously.

The email said the HuJI had carried out the attack. ”We claim responsibility of the blast at the High Court, Delhi. Our demand is that Afzal Guru’s death sentence should be repealed immediately otherwise we would the Supreme Court and other major high courts in India,” said the terror mail, which was traced to a cyber café in Kishtwar.

Records of the computer used in the cyber cafe are being analysed to ascertain if the two had any links with the perpetrators of the crime. The sources, however, said that neither of the two had any past criminal or militancy-related record. The sources said there could be a possibility that they had sent the email at the behest of someone. The duo were maintaining total silence during questioning and the two would be subjected to a lie-detector and other scientific tests, they said.

STF picks up ‘chotoo’ in kolkata

Kolkata: The Special Task Force of the Kolkata Police on Wednesday arrested a 14-year-old student for allegedly sending 'mischievous' e-mails to media houses claiming responsibility for the Delhi blast. Sunny Shukla of Jharkhand sent the second and the fourth mails of the four mails received by media houses from e-mail ID-chotoominani5@gmail.com through a mobile using a SIM card of the Kolkata circle, claiming that the IM and not Huji was responsible for the blasts, said the police. “He provided us the password and the e-mails were traced in his outbox,” said an official. — PTI





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