A 17-year-old school dropout from Jharkhand landed in a remand home in Mumbai after sending a threat email to industrialist Anil Ambani, allegedly hoping to force the government to take retaliatory action against Pakistan for the 26/11 terror attacks.
On January 15, Ambani received an email on his personal ID from an unknown person. The sender identified himself as one Mukhtar from Pakistan. “Tumhare paas bahut paisa hai…. Taj ke baad tumhari baari hai (you have a lot of money. After Taj (hotel) it’s your turn...” the email read.
“The sender was trying to indicate a second terror strike originating from Pakistan, with Ambani as the target,” additional commissioner of police, crime, Deven Bharati said.
The email ID, — meaning hell in English — the Pakistan nationality, etc, were chosen in order to drive home the point about the seriousness of the threat, Bharati added.
After Ambani’s representatives approached the Mumbai police, an offence was registered and the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (CCIC) started investigating.
CCIC sleuths finally traced its origin to a computer at a computer training institute at Dhanbad. They also found that the email had been sent by the teenager.
He was subsequently arrested from his grandparent’s house at Harna Road in Gumah area.
It emerged during questioning that the 17-year-old belonged to an affluent family from Kolkata. His father has an edible oil business.
The boy was not good at studies and dropped out in Class 9. Following this, his parents sent him to his (maternal) grandparents’ home in Dhanbad, where he was admitted to a computer training institute.
The boy allegedly told police that he was disappointed by the failure of the government in meting out retaliatory action against Pakistan following the 26/11 terror strikes.
“He thought a threat email to a powerful person like Ambani would make the government take immediate punitive action against Pakistan,” said an officer from the CCIC while requesting anonymity. Interestingly, the boy had found Ambani’s personal ID through Google search.
The teenager has been sent to the children’s remand home till January 27.