The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has traced the terror email sent to media houses, minutes before the blasts in Ahmedabad, to a residential flat in the Sanpada area in Navi Mumbai.
The 15th-floor flat is occupied by an American family that has rented it for over six months. The ATS team, led by Hemant Karkare, reached Gunani Cooperative Housing society in the posh Sector 16 area of Palm Beach road early Sunday. The squad reportedly found a personal computer and seized the hard disk. The family has reportedly claimed that the email was not sent from there and that the id has been hacked into. The mail may have been sent from a mobile phone, they say.
The ATS has sealed the flat and barred the media from entering the premises. The gates of the housing society gates remained shut to outsiders throughout Sunday. The anti-terror squad’s investigations continued well into Sunday night. But they refused to comment on the issue.
Though residents of the building refused to speak, local residents said the flat was occupied by Kenneth Heywood who stayed with his wife and two daughters. Kenneth is reportedly employed with an IT firm. Locals say they have seen him on morning walks.
Dhiren Prabhakar Singh, who runs a photo studio in the area, said: “Almost a month ago, the American aged around 35, came to my studio a couple of times with two girls. He got some pictures published. Since I did not understand his English, I didn’t speak to him much. He paid promptly.”
DCP Shinde said: “The flat seems to be owned by a relative of the Navi Mumbai-based builder of the society.”