Cyber cafe owner in police custody for terror e-mail

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Kolkata, Jul 30 (UNI) A city court today remanded a cyber cafe owner, who had allegedly sent a hoax e-mail threatening to trigger blasts across the state capital, to police custody for 15 days.

Kaushik Bose, who was arrested last night from his Salt Lake residence-cum-shop on charges of sending a hoax e-mail to media channels, threatening to trigger bomb blasts throughout the capital city, was produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) court this afternoon.

The prosecution prayed for police custody before the CMM who granted it.

Police said Bose would be interrogated to reach the mastermind of the terror threat in the city last night.

Panic gripped Kolkata and police swung into action after an e-mail reached media houses, threatening to destroy the Calcutta High Court and several landmark areas of the city.

The e-mail, claimed to have been sent by Indian Mujahideen, threatened that serial blasts would take place in the High Court, City Centre shopping mall, Science City, Nicco park, Eden Gardens, Apollo Gleneagles hospital and posh areas like Salt Lake, Park Street and New Alipore between 2200 hrs and 2300 hrs.

''After North and West, this is the turn of Kolkata. We shall blow away these places in two hours from now. If you can prevent it, do it,'' the Hindi statement, written in English script said.

The mail also mentioned the number of a car, which would be purportedly used for triggering a blast in front of the Calcutta High Court.


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