Don Sebastian, DNA India, October 30, 2006
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The police on Sunday confirmed that they have nabbed the man who sent emails to the home secretary and top cops threatening to kill Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he visited Kerala on Wednesday. Akbar Raj (26), a computer hardware instructor in Kochi, was taken into custody on Saturday night.
The owner and staff of the internet booth in Kochi, from where Akbar created a fake id and sent the intimidating mails, recognised the suspect.
“His name is Akbar Raj. He is a computer hardware instructor in Kochi and he is from Alapuzha,” DGP Raman Srivastava told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram. The police, however, is yet to establish any terror connection. Akbar’s parents said he was depressed after a love failure three months ago.
The police zeroed in on the suspect with the help of cyber experts, who located the time and place of the origin of the mail. The owner and staff were taken into custody to be grilled. They had not kept the mandatory users’ register in the booth. The government is mulling the streamlining of net cafes.
Home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the government was working on an ordinance to tackle cyber crime. “The cabinet will discuss the laws on cyber crime. IT experts and top police officers are working on it. Cyber cafes would come under the ordinances,” he told reporters.
The mails, which were also sent to many top cops, threatened that the prime minister would be killed when he visited Kerala, on the golden jubilee of the state’s formation. Singh is scheduled to attend four programmes in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts on November 1.
One held for email threat to PM, Prez
30 Oct, 2006 TIMES NEWS NETWORK
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The 26-year-old IT expert, who was arrested on Saturday evening from Chethala for sending e-mails, threatening President Abdul Kalam and PM Manmohan Singh, has reportedly confessed to the crime saying it was the result of a "failed love affair".
Kerala DGP Raman Srivastava on Sunday said Akbar Raj had confessed to the crime and said rejection in love propelled him to do the act. Raj's parents – Sayed Alvi and Sainaba, said that their son had no links with any terror outfits.
"He has been under psychiatric treatment for last couple of months, after the girl rejected his offer of marriage," Alvi said. The email, sent to top police officials warning that the PM and President would be assassinated when they visit Kerala, put the authorities in a tizzy.
The Internet cafe – from where Raj sent the email – was located to in Kochi, said DIG K Padmakumar, adding that the email ID was created from a cafe in Kochi and Raj was at the cafe on Thursday from 2.15 to 4.30 pm during the time the message was sent.
"He had sent one mail to 20 police officials and the last line seemed to be a coded message. When we cracked the code, it lead to a village called Melavoor near Vaikom in Kottayam.
A team traced a girl. It came to light that the girl also had complained of malicious mail being sent to the office where she works," the DIG said. "The two were chat friends but had broken off. This led Raj to devise measures on the computer to tarnish her," Padmakumar added.