Delhi HC blast: Investigators quiz 3 in J&K

New Delhi: Investigators Thursday detained three persons including a cybercafe owner in Jammu and Kashmir and questioned another in Bihar as they groped for definite leads into the suitcase bomb blast outside Delhi High Court.

Indian Mujahideen(IM) in an email to media houses in Mumbai and Delhi purportedly from the group also claimed responsibility for yesterday's terror attack after HuJI made a similar claim perplexing probe agencies who do not rule out a prank. IM claimed HuJI had no role to play in the blast.

Investigators traced the Bangladesh-based terror outfit Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami(HuJI) email claiming responsibility to a cybercafe in Kishtwar in J&K and detained its owner Mehmood Khawja and two others for questioning.

The death toll in the blast that ripped through the reception complex rose to 12 with a 40-year-old man succumbing to his injuries at RML Hospital even as the High Court resumed fullfledged proceedings after tight security checks at the entry gates.

"We are investigating the email link from Kishtwar district in connection with the Delhi blast," J and K DGP Kuldeep Khoda said in Jammu.

The mail from IM was purportedly written by "Chotoo" and sent from "". The mail was received by the media houses at 12:37 PM today.

"We are examining the email received by the media houses..about its authenticity and veracity and (we are) taking it seriously," Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry U K Bansal told reporters.

Bansal also said that some information indicating a Kashmir link with yesterday's HuJI mail are being pursued with the help of J and K police.

Security agencies including National Investigation Agency (NIA) are also looking into the IM email but serious apprehensions were being raised whether this was a genuine mail or a prank being played by somebody.

NIA also announced a reward of Rs five lakh for anyone providing clues about the blast.

In Patna, a man who was arrested on charges of using a stolen ATM card, is being interrogated by the joint team led by NIA.