Monday, March 24, 2008

Prank email proves costly for teenager

Mateen Hafeez I TNN
Mumbai: A 16-year-old college student from Gujarat has been arrested and brought to the city for sending an email to a private news channel, threatening to blow up local trains at Andheri railway station.

The teenager, Sunnay Patel, son of a clerk in Ahmedabad, was picked up on Friday from his residence and brought to Mumbai. Patel posed as a member of the Dawood gang and sent an email to the news channel.

His mail read: “There will be blasts in local trains near Andheri railway station. Prevent it, if you can.’’ The mail was sent by a username

The only son of his parents Patel a class XI (Science
faculty) student, has been sent to the Dongri remand home and will be produced before a juvenile court on Monday.

The teenager said that he had wanted to play a prank on the investigating agencies. The news channel forwarded the email to the cyber crime investigative cell (CCIC) and the Mumbai anti-terrorism squad (ATS). Investigators discovered that the Internet Protocol (IP) address was from Ahmedabad and BSNL was the Internet Service Provider.

Even though the Gujarat anti-terrorism squad was also informed of the details, they unable to nab him.

“We had informed the Gujarat anti-terrorism squad at a time when the user was online and he could have been caught red-handed. However, the Gujarat police reached the spot too late and by that time a Mumbai police team had already left for Ahmedabad. Patel was caught from his residence,’’ said an officer.

In September 2006, the ATS had picked up an 18-year-old boy, Sharique Khan, for sending an email to a news channel. The mail written on behalf of a terror outfit, Lashkar-e-Qahar, claimed the responsibility for the serial train blasts in Mumbai on July 11, 2006. Sharique, a college student in Bhopal, had told the investigators that he was very excited and wanted to see the impact of his email on news channels, which ran the story for several days

In another case, Kolkata resident Dinesh Prasad Gupta had in October, 2007 sent an email to the BSE and NSE, threatening to blow up the two installations. He had sent the email to NSE assistant vice-president Sup rabhat Lala. Gupta, who posed as Pakistan’s secret service agency ISI’s agent Abdul Rashman, had written in the mail: “This is to inform you that, within 48 hours of receiving this email, the NSE and BSE buildings will be blown up—From Abdul Rashman, ISI agent.’’ Gupta later told the police that he had suffered a loss in the share market and that is why he had sent a threatening mail.

Friday, March 21, 2008

ATS detains fake note supplier

Mateen Hafeez I TNN
Mumbai: A counterfeit currency supplier was picked up by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) in West Bengal and brought to Mumbai for questioning in connection with the encounter deaths of two suspected Bangladeshi nationals last week.

Abdar Ali Mandal (45) was nabbed from Swaroop Nagar Market near Amudiagon in North 24 Parganas, ATS sources said, adding that he had supplied fake currency amounting to Rs 10 lakh to one of the slain suspects, Mohammed Ali, to circulate in the city. Ali had come to deliver the currency and 2 kg RDX to one Babu when both were shot down by the ATS team in Kashimira, Thane district. Both the bodies are still lying unclaimed at JJ Hospital.

“Mandal is also a wanted accused in a 2007 case when the ATS had arrested six Bangladeshi nationals with Rs 11.25 lakh fake Indian currency. During our the investigation of the Kashimira encounter, we came to know that the fake currency being carried by Ali was sup
plied by Mandal. More arrests will follow,’’ said ATS chief Hemant Karkare.

Mandal has been sent to police custody till April 2. He had visited Mumbai on several occasions in the past and had “close contacts’’ with several people in the city. The ATS is now preparing a list of such people so that they can be questioned .

The police have also seized several incriminating documents from Mandal. It is learnt that Mandal had supplied fake currency to some more people in the western suburbs, who have reportedly fled after the encounter.

Meanwhile, the Kashimira police have discovered Babu’s hideout in Diva. Searches were on to check if he had hidden some more fake currency or firearms over there. Babu was staying in a flat as a paying guest and the police are trying find out as to who had recommended him to the owner of the house. The police said that they have informed their counterparts in Kolkata to collect information on Babu and Mandal’s connections.


Abdar Ali Mandal, who was nabbed in West Bengal, had supplied fake currency amounting to Rs 10 lakh to one of the slain suspects, Mohammed Ali, to circulate in Mumbai. Ali had come to deliver the currency and 2 kg RDX to one Babu when both were shot down

The Times of India, March 21, 2008