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Delhi High Court blast: Huji e-mail traced to J&K cybercafe

Within hours of the devastating blast, TV channels received an e-mail from harkatuljihadi2011 @gmail.com staking claim for the attack.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Sep 09, 2011, 03.03 AM IST
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SRINAGAR: National Investigative Agency sleuths have traced the Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami email, which claimed responsibility for Wednesday's blast, to Kishtwar district in Jammu and Kashmir. Following this, J&K police detained three persons of an internet cafe in Kishtwar from where the e-mail originated.

A day after the blast outside the Delhi High Court, J&K police raided Global Internet Cafe at Malik Market in Kishtwar and detained brothers Mehmood Aziz and Khalid Aziz who run the cybercafe. They also arrested an employee who was in charge of the business.

Police were pursuing records of the visitors who have been to the cafe. People running cybercafes are supposed to record names of customers and their addresses.

Within hours of the devastating blast, TV channels received an e-mail from harkatuljihadi2011 @gmail.com staking claim for the attack. The mail said that it was in protest against the death penalty given to Afzal Guru, convicted in the Parliament attack case.

The National Investigating Agency sought the help of Google to trace down the e-mail and after it was done, sought the help of the J&K police.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah confirmed that that the investigations into the e-mail were in an advanced stage. "I am not in a position to share any details with you, other than the fact that various leads have been shared with us and we are in advanced stage of investigating those leads," Omar told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Srinagar. He said he was not in a position to say if there was a link between the Delhi blast and the militancy in Kashmir.

"We are investigating, and we will share our investigations with NIA," he said.

In a related development, Kashmiri leaders, including Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani, condemned the blast.

"Killing innocent people is terrorism," Geelani said in a statement. Terming the perpetrators as "enemies of humanity", Geelani said such violent incidents were carried out to "create trouble and disrupt peace".

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