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Hunt for aide in terror mail

Two days after a contractor was arrested in Ranchi in connection with terror mails sent to police chiefs of Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Delhi, investigations into the December threat has gained momentum.

Owner of a cyber café, where the accused — Mohammad Irfan (24) — was a regular customer, was grilled on Tuesday. A hunt has also begun for a second accused.

Vinay Kumar’s Cyber World shares its boundary with Lalpur police station in the heart of the capital. It is learnt that Irfan always used seat No. 13 at Internet joint. Also, the ID that was used to send the emails on December 6 — claiming 3,000 people would die in serial blasts in Jharkhand, Mumbai and Delhi — was created and destroyed in an hour. Another youth is said to have accompanied the accused.

“We are trying to find out whether the threat had any base or was it a prank,” a policeman said. IG (operations) S.N. Pradhan added that they were also trying to track down Irfan’s aide.

Irfan, a native of Aghuata village in Majhigaon area of Garhwa district, was arrested from his temporary address on Old HB Road in Lalpur.

Though he claimed he was being “falsely implicated”, he has been sent to judicial custody because the IP address and statement of the cyber café owner suggests that he had sent the email.

An FIR has also been registered at Lalpur police station under Section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings) of the IPC and Sections 66A and 66F (sending offensive or false message) of IT Act 2008.

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