Haywood submits written statement to ATS officials

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Mumbai, Sep 11 (UNI) American national Ken Haywood today submitted a written statement, refuting that ATS (Anti-Terrorist Squad) officials had come to his residence and demanded money to give him a clean chit in the Ahmedabad serial blasts case.

Additional Commissioner of Police Parmbir Singh told mediapersons that Mr Haywood, accompanied by his lawyer Gopal Hegde, had given in writing at the ATS office stating that he had never said ATS officials came and demanded money and that it was media who wrongly interpreted it.

On being asked about violation of ''Look out'' notice, Mr Singh said department concerned will investigate the matter. However, he declined to comment further.

Meanwhile, Mr Haywood said he had gone to the United States for a vacation and he himself came back to India.

After spending barely a month in America, Haywood, from whose computer an e-mail linked with Ahmedabad serial blasts was forwarded, came back to India today to continue work with his company Campbell White here as a communication expert.

Haywood flew to America last month after undergoing lie-detector test and a brain-mapping test at forensic Science Laboratory in Mumbai University campus in Kalina.

Despite the city police's notice barring him from leaving the country, He flew to America via New Delhi without any intimation to the investigating agency.

Before going to America, he had allegedly said some officials of the Anti-Terrorist Squad, which is investigating into the matter, came to his flat in an inebriated state and demanded money to give him a clean chit in the case.

ATS officials may call him for interrogation in this connection in next couple of days.

Earlier, Haywood had said, ''I was never named a suspect.'' The officials have determined that Mr Haywood's computer and/or email address were compromised by a third party and misused.

The Campbell officials had also appreciated the professionalism of the police personnel and ATS officials. ''We are confident that they will be able to apprehend whoever is responsible for this horrible crime,'' they said.

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