September 8th, 2011
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Delhi blast: 3 people detained

New Delhi:  Three people have been detained in Kashmir as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) tries to check the authenticity of an email purportedly written by Bangladesh-based terror group Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HuJI) claiming responsibility for the blast. Sources say investigators have traced the email to a cyber cafe in the Kishtwar region of Jammu and Kashmir, but do not rule out yet that it could be a prank.

Cyber cafe owner Mehmood Khawja was detained along with two others for questioning in connection with the Delhi Blast, police officials said.They are being interrogated in connection with the email, they said.One of the detained persons has been identified as Khalid. The police were looking into the possibility that a young man about 18 years old who frequented the cyber cafe sent the mail and were confident that he would be tracked down soon.

DGP Kuldeep Khoda earlier said, “We are investigating the email link from Kishtwar district in connection with the Delhi blast”.”We are probing whether there is any link or not with the email from Kishtwar”, he added. The email was sent from a cyber cafe in Kishtwar from the address harkatuljihadi2011@gmail.com.

The investigators are following these leads seriously as earlier attacks by the HuJI (B) were linked to Jammu and Kashmir. But sources also pointed out that militant groups operating from J&K have never used email in the past to claim responsibility.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had earlier announced a reward of Rs. five lakh for anyone providing clues about the Delhi High Court blast.“NIA has announced a reward of Rs. five lakh for anyone giving any information to follow up the case. As far as investigation is concerned, that is going on. Delhi Police and NIA are coordinating (with each other),” Union Home Secretary R K Singh told reporters here.

 



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