Ahmedabad, Aug 19: A day after US national Ken Haywood fled India, even after a lookout notice against him; reports now suggest that his exit was facilitated by the US Embassy in Delhi. Meanwhile, US Embassy have denied any such involvement in Haywood`s exit.
Sources claimed on Tuesday that US Embassy officials had closed a door meeting with Intelligence officials following which Haywood’s exit became a reality. However, there are also reports that Haywood has assured that he would be ready to join the investigations at a later stage of the probe if required.
He left by Jet Airways flight JW-230 to New York via Brussels on Sunday. Haywood was not stopped from boarding the flight to US as he had appropriate documents. The glaring question remained that why his passport was not seized after his name figured in the investigations.
The Mumbai ATS, which was investigating his any possible role in the blasts threat mail that was sent from an email account IP address traced to Haywood`s wi-fi computer connection, at his residence in Navi Mumbai, are also under the scanner as to how could he simple slip away when the investigations into the Ahmedabad blast are far from over.
Moreover, ATS is also under scanner as Haywood had planned his trip well in advance yet the premiere investigating agency was unaware of his moves. Haywood had reportedly left Mumbai for Delhi soon after the press conference of Ahmedabad Police - who claimed to have cracked the case.
When asked to comment on Haywood fleeing the country, the red-faced ATS only said that their efforts at contacting Haywood were not fruitful for the last 2-3 days. There is a meeting in Mumbai where top police officers are mulling over the incident.
Haywood underwent a lie-detector and brain-mapping test along with eight others from Navi Mumbai, including some residents of Sanpada’s Gunina building, on August 14.
Haywood had said his computer could have been hacked and volunteered for the advanced tests when informed about it, the ATS added.
He had earlier alleged that an ATS officer had asked for bribe to let him go scot free in the case.
However, the ATS is awaiting the examination report of the Internet router and the final reports on both (the computers and router) is expected to be ready in the next few days. In the email sent to media organisations minutes before the synchronised terror attacks in Ahmedabad, an outfit calling itself the Indian Mujahideen had warned: "The Indian Mujahideen strike again! Do whatever you can, within five minutes from now, feel the terror of death!"
Haywood works as a general manager with the Navi Mumbai operations of a US-based company, Campbell White, which also has a branch in Bangalore. He has been posted to India for a four-year period of which Haywood, a specialist in executive soft skills, has completed a year. He has also been pastor at a church in Arizona, US.