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Petty jealousy behind email hoax

Envy for his cousin’s job drove a Ghaziabad resident to send hoax warnings of terrorist strikes to the CBI and Delhi Police, reports Ravi Bajpai.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2008 01:43 IST
Ravi Bajpai
Ravi Bajpai
Hindustan Times

Envy for his cousin’s job drove a Ghaziabad resident to send hoax warnings of terrorist strikes to the Central Bureau of Investigation and Delhi Police recently, in a bid to frame his brother as a militant. Police have arrested him.

Special Cell officers said Amit Kumar, 24, lives in Vasundhara and had sent an email to a news channel last month in the name of a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant, Babbar Khan, warning of random terrorist attacks in Delhi. “It was part of a pre-planned conspiracy to frame his cousin who joined the Delhi Police as a constable last year,” said Alok Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell).

Jealous cousin?

Kumar has an M Sc degree but could not find a suitable job, said an officer. One of his cousins, whom he was often compared with, managed to get through Delhi Police as a constable last year.

“Kumar could not bear the embarrassment and began hatching a plan to ruin his cousin’s career,” said a police officer.

The plan

Kumar created two bogus email accounts, one in the name of his cousin and the other in the name of Babbar Khan, a militant. He then began exchanging emails in the two accounts.

“He sent a few emails this way, in which the topic of discussion was related to terror strikes. This was done deliberately to create a base for maligning his cousin’s reputation,” said an officer.

Kumar made his first move in January this year when he dropped an anonymous letter to a Special Cell officer, warning of terrorist strikes in the Capital ahead of the Republic Day.

“The letter stated that a few youths have colluded with militants to launch terror strikes in Delhi and that they were interacting through emails from a cyber café in Shakarpur. Kumar also wrote in the letter that the terrorists tried to lure him too but he abstained,” said a cop.

He then dropped a letter at the CBI Headquarters, claiming that a Delhi police constable was helping some militants to carry out terrorist strikes. “He then took a final cue from the serial blasts in Uttar Pradesh courts last year where the attackers had sent an email warning of the strikes to a channel, and followed suit,” said an officer.

Following this, UP Police and Delhi Police began the hunt.

Paying a heavy price

The police scanned the computers from which the email was sent from a Shakarpur cyber café. “We studied the emails and identified the constable, who then helped us in unearthing the plan,” said an officer.