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Varanasi Police clueless about blast e-mail

Last Updated: Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 20:08

Mumbai: The probe into the e-mail
purportedly sent by banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen
(IM) minutes after the Varanasi blast, appears to be heading
nowhere with investigators finding it difficult to establish
as to who had sent the mail.

"The culprit had hacked into unsecured WiFi network with
a broadband internet connection to send the mail," a crime
branch official said.

"Technically, the IP address from where the mail was
sent has been traced to one Talreja family in Navi Mumbai. But
it is very difficult to know who had sent the mail and using
which instrument, due to the technical difficulties. Whether a
laptop, a computer or any other instrument was used to hack
into Talreja`s unsecured WiFi network is also not clear," he

The IM is suspected of having hacked into the WiFi
network of Akhil Talreja, a resident of Sector 17 in Vashi,
and sending the email to media houses, claiming responsibility
for the Varanasi blast.

Talreja, a 26-year-old disc jockey, was questioned twice
but was later let off by police saying he was innocent.

Sources in Mumbai Crime Branch, which is co-ordinating
with the Navi Mumbai Police, said they have sifted through the
CCTV footages available with commercial establishments in the
Sector 17 of Navi Mumbai to identify if any person was found
moving suspiciously in the locality.

"But this has not helped much. The probe has reached a
dead end," the official added.

According to police, the logger of the router has been
disabled, so there was no trace of who logged and hacked it.
A Gmail ID was used and the mail was written on December 6.
The account has been accessed rarely, police sources said.

Two persons, a two-year-old girl and a woman, were
killed and several injured when a low intensity bomb went off
at Sheetla Ghat in Varanasi, a place where devotees were to
gather for puja on December 7.

An FIR was registered at Vashi Police Station against
unidentified persons for hacking into unsecured WiFi network
in Navi Mumbai and allegedly concealing the existence of a
design to wage war against India.

The offence is punishable with imprisonment of up to 10
years, police said.


First Published: Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 20:08
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