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Another terror email as UP probe dodders

Reports say the mail 'targets' the Pak cricket team and warns of blasts in Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2007 08:30 IST

While security agencies were still investigating the threatening email which was fired off minutes before the serial blasts in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, a second email emerged on Saturday.

This email to a television news channel, was sent from the ID guru_boys2000@yahoo.com. Agency reports said the mail warned the Pakistani cricket team to withdraw from the Test series currently underway and warned of blasts in Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. It has even threatened a blast in Islamabad on January 1.

Although senior officials said they do not discount the possibility of a prank, they were not taking things lightly in light of the first email.

Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner in India Afrasiab told HT that they had taken note of the email and had “taken up the matter” with the joint secretary (Pakistan) in the Ministry of External Affairs, TCA Raghavan. The team management, however, was “not aware of any email”.

The Delhi Police, as reported by the Hindustan Times on Friday, had managed to track down the cyber café, Rajdhani, in Laxmi Nagar, from where the first mail, which clearly mentioned that lawyers in UP would be attacked, had been sent. Police teams spent Saturday scanning the hard disks of computers at the café to identify the one from which the mail had been sent.

Interrogation of the cyber café’s owner Subhash Satija and caretakers Manish and Chandan continued through Saturday. “Once we identify the email’s antecedents fully, we can trace if any phone calls were made from the café before the blasts,” said an officer.

In Lucknow, unhappy over the performance of the Special Task Force (STF) of the state police, chief minister Mayawati today issued marching orders to the additional director general STF, Shailjakant Mishra.

Investigation agencies have so far not been able to make any breakthrough except for releasing the sketches of the suspected terrorists. At every blast site, bicycles tagged with explosives were planted inside court premises. “There is so far no clue about the persons who brought these bicycles to the courts,” said a senior police officer involved in the investigation.

Investigating officers were of the opinion that terrorists had used their local contacts to plant bombs at the three places.