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Youth arrested for email threat to PM

Written by: Staff

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 29: A youth has been arrested in Kerala for sending email messages threatening the life of the President and Prime Minister.

Disclosing this at a news conference, Director General of Police Raman Sreevastava said today that Akbar Raj(26), a computer hardware expert from Kochi, sent the 'malicious email' to top officials with a motive of trapping a girl whom he met in the internet chatroom.

Prima facie evidences in the case did not point to any other intention and there was no security threat to the Prime Minister who is scheduled to visit Kerala capital on November one, he said, adding that further investigations were on to find out whether the youth had any extremist links or any other motives.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Ernakulam) Padmakumar, who head the special squad formed to probe the case, said, ''We have a lot of digital evidence and the staff of the interent cafe from where the email was sent have identified the youth.'' The accused in the case could be trapped within 48 hours in a marathon investigation process that extended upto the Microsoft headquarters in the United States.

Initially, the investigating team stumbled upon the finding that there was no past history of that particular hotmail address which was created at the cafe at around 1430 hrs on October 26. No other mail than the threat was sent from this ID.

However, the account details of the hotmail gave some clue to the police which led to a girl at Mevallor village in Kottayam district.

The girl had informed the police that she had lodged a complaint with police earlier also when she received malicious emails. From the information provided by the girl, the police could track down the youth, he added.

Mr Padmakumar said the police team could locate the cyber cafe within one-and-a-half-hours after it started the invistation on the basis of a suo-motu case filed the central police station. The cafe was sealed and power supply severed immediately in order to avoid any manipulation of the computers. It was found that the youth used the second cabin at the cyber cafe. A sketch was also made from the description given by two women employees at the cafe. The hard discs of all the four machines had also been sent to the Centre for Development of Advance Computing for forensic analysis to check whether any similar attempt had been made in the past.

Stating that the police had gathered all the digital evidence against the youth, he said the prima-facie evidences showed that the youth wanted to bring some trouble to the girl who also worked in the same city.

The DGP complimented the team of police officials who could prove the case scientifically within 48 hours.


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