In it's fifth terror e-mail sent out since last year’s Uttar Pradesh court bombings, the Indian Mujahideen commended the role played by a citizen of the US who escaped from India a week ago.
The outfit had last month sent an e-mail, which talked about blasts in Ahmedabad minutes before the explosions, from the Internet network of Kenneth Haywood, the American who lived with his family in Navi Mumbai till he fled.
In the latest e-mail sent to national media houses on Saturday, Indian Mujahideen stated it was an independent terrorist organisation with no affiliation with the Students Islamic Movement of India.
Investigations and arrests so far had pointed at involvement of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India in the blasts.
The e-mail also mocked the arrests made by the Gujarat police in connection with the blasts.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Anti-Terrorism Squad) Parambir Singh told Press Trust of India that the e-mail had been tracked to Khalsa College, Matunga. “The mail has been traced to the computer laboratory of the college which holds around 20 computers,” said Singh. “All the computers in the lab of Khalsa College might be sent for forensic analysis.”
Towards the end of the new e-mail, the outfit thanked Haywood.
“Our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Ken Heywood and his associate for their complete cooperation and guidance to make our attack a huge success,” said the e-mail.
Haywood had surprised everyone, including the Anti-Terrorism Squad of the city police that had been questioning him, when without telling anybody he boarded an international flight despite a Look Out Notice issued against him.
The e-mail comes at a time when the Anti-Terrorism Squad is investigating Haywood’s religious leanings and connected activities. A police source, speaking on condition of anonymity for lack of authorisation to speak to the media, said Haywood’s activities were more concerned with the Church than the firm with which he was working.
Haywood did not even have a proper office to train people in software skills, which was what his employers claimed he was doing.
It is believed Haywood used a portion of a church as his office, and it was shut four days prior to the blasts. Sources said Haywood had claimed the company would get clients through the Internet and it paid rent to the church for use of the room.