The Mumbai police crime branch has approached US-based Internet service provider Google to trace details of a gmail account from which an email was sent to media houses hours after the blast outside the Delhi high court on Wednesday.
Media establishments received an email sent from the address email@example.com. The email claimed that Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Harkat-ul Jihadi Islami was responsible for the blast.
Highly placed sources in the crime branch told Hindustan Times that Google has been asked to trace the email account. "The request has been made through official channels. We are in touch with our acquaintances in the US security establishment as well as in Google, with whom we had established a rapport during the 26/11 investigations and the Indian Mujahideen e-mail investigations," sources said. They added that Google is likely to reply within a day or two.
Meanwhile, an alert has been sounded in Mumbai following the terrorist strike, particularly in light of the Ganpati immersions that will take place across the city on September 11.
Deputy commissioner of police (operations) Manohar Dalvi said, "We are already on alert mode for the Ganpati festivities. Leaves and weekly-offs of policemen have been cancelled. The Delhi blast has prompted us to be even more cautious."
Policemen deployed at Ganpati mandals have been asked to stringently check visitors. Volunteers have been asked to beef up surveillance. Nakabandis and combing of hotels and lodgings has started.
Security at malls, theatres and vital installations and outside the Bombay high court and the sessions court in South Mumbai have been spruced up as well, Dalvi added.
Sniffer dogs sanitised the high court premises and the parking lot. "We have cleared cars parked outside the court building," said Cherring Dorje, deputy commissioner of police (zone 1).
Dorje told the Hindustan Times that the police have been undertaking mock drills and security checks of the high court, sessions court and other vital installations daily.
"We are now evolving a more comprehensive security plan for the area," said Dorje.