So HuJI it is….

Investigators are now looking for links between the 13/7 and the Delhi blasts case. The Delhi blasts case as per the investigations conducted by the National Investigating Agency points towards the Harkat-ul-Jihadi.

The key to the link would however the interrogation of Amir Abbas the man the NIA now say is the mastermind behind the attack. Although the conspiracy has now been busted the NIA still has time to go before it can trace the origin of the bomb. Further the motive has not made too much sense to the investigators and they are trying to ascertain if Afza Guru was the motive for this gang in the HuJi to carry out the attack.

Abbas will come across a key member during the interrogation since he would hold the answers to several questions that have been raised in the minds of various investigators looking into 13/7, Varanasi and now Delhi. Abbas does not have a history of crime, but the motive is clear since he had lost his uncle during an attack in the valley. This could be one of the reasons why he may join these terrorists and also been part of this attack.

The Intelligence Bureau however does not have much information on Abbas and say that it appears to be a first time crime for this person. However now it would be necessary to find out whether he has any information on the rest of the attacks other than Delhi.

Over the past couple of months there have been inputs to show that the HuJI is active in parts of the Valley especially in the Kishtwar region. There has been movement of HuJi members and they have been trying to rope in youth into their fold. However the outfit has not grown very big in the Valley since these are just early days. They will continue to battle out of Bangladesh using the West Bengal route, but over the years will be looking to set up full fledged modules in the Valley as well.

The Delhi blasts is an indication of things to come and it becomes clear that this outfit is trying to nurture more youth so that they can carry out terror in various parts of the country. The plans by the HuJI is nothing new for India and they had announced their intention several months back when they had threatened to bomb the Pakistan embassy in India. Moreover from their tone it becomes evident that they are trying to make the right noises politically so that they would find it easier to carry out a recruitment process.

Investigations into the Delhi blasts however go on to show that it was a smaller part of the HuJi which was behind this attack. They have not used all their resources for this attack and this was more of a trial run. Abbas for instance was one of the main links in this attack and he was in the know of the entire operation since day one, investigators claim. The fact that the HuJi has used such amateurs goes on to indicate that the they were still testing the waters and preparing for a bigger operation.

NIA sources say that this is a breakthrough alright but they would still take some more time to ascertain whether these boys actually belong to the HuJI or were they just using the name of the outfit. Also they would look to ascertain if there is a smaller wing of the HuJi which is coming up in the Valley and whether these boys could be part of it. There is no intelligence to show any communication between the youth who carried out the attack and also the HuJI headquarters.

Yeddi gets bail

There was some relief for former Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa with the high court granting him anticipatory bail today. The court was hearing a bail plea filed by Yeddyurappa in the Upper Bhadra bribery case.
The court directed him to furnish a bond of Rs 1 lakh and a surety of the like sum. He was also told to cooperate with the investigating agency.
The Lokyaukta has been investigating this case in which it has been alleged that a contract pertaining to the upper bhadra project was given after Yeddyurappa had allegedly taken monetary favours. It was stated that Rs 13 crore bribe was paid to a company owned by Yeddyurappa’s son in order to obtain this contract. It was also alleged that the Yeddyurappa who was the Chief Minister of Karnataka had shown favour towards the contractor.

Another Reddy in trouble

The Central Bureau of Investigation has directed Karunakar Reddy, one of the Reddy brothers of Bellary to appear before it on September 16 in connection with the illegal mining case. Karunakar Reddy who is the brother of Janardhan Reddy who is in CBI custody will have to appear before the CBI court at Nampally Hyderabad on September 16.
The notice has been sent to Karunakar Reddy at his residence in Bellary today. The CBI which had arrested Janardhan Reddy last week is investigating the case pertaining to the Obulapuram Mining Company. It was alleged that Reddy had obtained the lease from Andhra Pradesh and had used the same to mine illegally in Karnataka.
Reddy who is in CBI custody is being interrogated nearly five hours everyday. The name of his brother Karunakar Reddy also appears in this case and hence the CBI has decided to question him too in this regard. The CBI says that it has obtained some vital information and would like to ascertain more through the interrogation of Karunakara Reddy.

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Hazy leads emerge in Delhi blasts

Even as the Home Ministry appears positive regarding the cracking of the Delhi blasts case, investigations so far have been giving out hazy details regarding the plot.

The National Investigating Agency which is working alongside the Intelligence Bureau and also a host of other investigating agencies has found that a group of ten boys carried out the blasts at Delhi. The ten boys who planned the blasts and then escaped into the Jammu and Kashmir region are however not from the same place. It was a group of ten boys who were from West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir who came together to carry out this attack, investigations so far have revealed.

In all four emails had been sent out and till now it can be found that only the one sent out of Jammu and Kashmir in the name of the Harkat-ul-Jihadi appears to have some connection with the blast. The rest of them after several rounds of investigation have found to be fake. However another round of scrutiny would be conducted, sources in the NIA informed.

While these hazy details emerge, the investigating agency have not been able to pin point as yet to which organization or outfit these boys belonged to. Each of them them is in their late 20s and have been planning this attack for sometime now. It is now being ascertained whether any of these boys had left Delhi before the blasts and planned out the attack in the Valley along with the rest of the youth.

For the moment it does not appear that it was the HuJI which solely masterminded these blasts. These boys could have used that name in order to send across a stronger message. The fact that these boys were from the Valley and West Bengal which again are strongholds of the HuJI is not a good enough ground to say that they are part of that outfit.

These boys could also be from the Indian Mujahideen and may have fled Delhi and planned the blast outside. They could have intentionally concealed the name of the organization in order to avoid any heat. The NIA however adds that investigations are still on and added while looking at the forensic reports and the material used in the blast, it becomes clear that such material can be sourced easily only in the Valley.

Investigations are focused in the Kishtwar area where the entire saga has emerged according to the NIA. The emails is what has drawn the NIA to this place and it has been found that the same was sent out by two youth from a Cyber café by two youth. The youth who are in custody are still being interrogated for further leads. Preliminary interrogation has revealed that the two boys were instructed to send out the email by someother person who had handed over the material to them. Further grilling with give a better picture sources in the NIA also added.

The NIA is also studying the motive behind the attack and is also not ruling out the possibility that these youth could not be part of any outfit and may have come together only to carry out this attack. This is a phenomenon that is being since the days of the Varanasi blasts where fringe elements are joining hands and carrying out attacks in the name of other outfits.

NIA sources say that the new phenomenon of terror is what makes the case tougher to crack. However they are in touch with the police in all SIMI/IM dominated states to dish out further details regarding the activities of the members especially those who have gone out of the radar since the heat had been built up.

Del blast probe-looking ahead into empty space

Who planted the bomb at the Delhi High Court. Investigators today say everyone is a suspect. The Indian Mujahideen, the Students Islamic Movement of India, the Harkat-ul-Jihadi- the role of all these outfits are being probed.

There is a lot that is at stake for the National Investigating Agency in particular which has taken the lead in probing this case. While one could say that the David Headely angle to the 26/11 probe was their biggest assignment till date, it could also be argued that most of the leads in that case were provided by the United States of America. However in the Delhi blasts case the NIA had to start from scratch and moreover they have to constantly deal with multiple agencies in order to carry on with this probe.

Today there are almost 500 police personnel looking into the Delhi blasts case. A source in the National Investigating Agency says that they are making a headway into the probe, but it is still too early to pin point as to who carried out the attack.

What has put the probe agencies on the back foot today is that they are still unable to find a motive behind the blast. The Indian Mujahideen, the Students Islamic Movement of India, the Harkat-ul-Jihadi- all these outfits are very capable of carrying out an attack, but the question is why would they do it? The Students Islamic Movement of India in particular may try its best to avoid a blast outside the judiciary since they are battling a case seeking a lifting of the ban. The Indian Mujahideen on the other hand has been trying to get back into the picture, but the fact is that they are really not up to it at the moment. Would they want the heat on them when they are trying to regroup is the question that is being asked. The HuJI on the other hand does appear to have a motive and have announced in a big way their India operations. However would they carry out an attack on a smaller scale and increase the heat on them is also another question.

Soures both in the NIA as well as the Intelligence Bureau are of the opinion that not always is it necessary to look at a motive behind such attacks. At the moment how we see it is that is for sure a distraction tactic, but then again the question arises who would want to distract what. Hence these probe agencies are also looking into a political motive behind the blast, because the fact remains that a lot of other contreversies surrounding various politicians had been diverted after the Delhi blasts. Right from the Varanasi blast there has been a pattern and such attacks have always managed to divert a crisis for a bit of time. We are not saying that this could be the angle to it, but it is also being explored the investigation team points out.

A source in the IB says that it would be too early and unfair to say that the police are groping in the dark. It does take time for them to find clues and they are studying the pattern since the Varanasi blast. The fact however remains that the Varanasi blasts, the 13/7 attack and now the Delhi blasts continue to be unsolved mysteries. While conducting the investigations into all these three attacks what they have realized is that the modules of terror are asleep at the moment. There is no sign to show that any of these modules had been activated during these periods. Locally the police have not been able to find a direct link into any of these blasts. There have just been a spate of arrests till date on suspicion, but without exaggerating facts nothing really has come out from any of these arrests.

While no leads seem to appear there is also a lot of confusion till date regarding the substances used in the Delhi bomb. The forensic teams have given contradicting versions of the subtances and the fact is that they are finding it hard to trace the PETN which was initially suspected to be used in the bomb. However the the investigating team have sent it for another round of sampling since it is hard to trace PETN which takes a plastic form when used in a bomb. Investigating agencies meanwhile are working on the possible leads they could get from whatever material has been found in the bomb. They are trying to track the sourcing of the PETN and also the ammonium nitrate that has been used in the bomb.

The other aspect that is being studied is the finances used for this blast. Overall it appears that it was an operation which could not have cost more than Rs 30000. Take for instance the Bangalore serial blasts which had over 9 bombs in it. In the words of the prime accused T Nasir this entire operation cost him just Rs 40000. Hence this is not big money and could have been sourced locally also, the police believe.

Investigating agencies are also looking for some leads outside the country and are in touch with their counterparts especially in the Gulf. Investigators believe that some of the operatives of both the SIMI and the IM are holed up in these countries. Right from the days of the Varanasi blasts they have been trying to track IM operative Assadullah Akthar, but have not got much success. There is also a look out notice against 13 other IM operatives who have gone missing in the past two years.

In addition to this the Indian IB is in touch with the various other intelligence agencies of both the US and also Russia and are trying to pick up leads on whether there was any movement of terrorists internationally in connection with this blast.

Security experts say that it is essential that these series of blasts right from Varanasi are solved since it is important for the security of the nation. A senior police official from Maharashtra pointed out that the intelligence gathering on the ground is very weak. It is not sufficient to look for larger leads. The movement is taking place on the ground and the fact that no suspicious movement had been reported goes on to show that the sources on the ground are not strong enough. There is no clarity at all today and this gives terror outfits an advantage today and this would tempt them to carry out more such attacks since they realize that the system is weak. There is a need for collective intelligence and the sharing of the same between states apart from strenghthening local intelligence in order to curb such activities, the official also pointed out.

Reddy in CBI custody

In a set back to mining lord Janardhan Reddy, the CBI court has rejected his bail plea and handed over his custody to the CBI until September 19th. The CBI court at Hyderabad which passed the order today stated that the CBI could interrogate Janardhan Reddy and his aide Srivasa Reddy in their custody until September 19th.

Janardhan Reddy and Srinivasa Reddy were arrested from Bellary last week in connection with the illegal mining case. They were produced before the CBI court in Hyderabad and they were remanded in judicial custody till the 16th of this month. However the Reddys sought to apply for bail while the CBI sought their custody for interrogation. The court after hearing both parties passed this order on Tuesday. This would mean that both of them would be in the custody of the CBI and would be interrogated by them.

The legal team of the Reddys informed that they would seek a reversal of the order before the higher judiciary in the next couple of days.

The CBI is interrogating the Reddys in connection with the mining lease granted to them to run the Obulapuram Mining Company. The allegation is that they had used the mining lease of Andhra Pradesh to illegally mine in Karnataka and a probe to this effect had first been ordered by then Chief Minister of AP, K Rosaiah.

Term “war on terror” flawed in many ways

Ten years after 9/11, the way the world lives may have changed. Following this attack, the real strength of the Al-Qaeda was known to the world. However that has changed to a certain extent today and the death of Osama Bin Laden may have removed a very inspirational figure but it is too early in the day to say that his death ends the threat of terrorism to the world.

However what one must also see is that in the past few years, it is the Lashkar-e-Tayiba which has taken centre stage and poses a bigger threat than the Al-Qaeda. Stephen Tankel, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and assistant professor at American University who is also the author of the new book, Storming the World Stage: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba discusses in this interview with the world of terror today. He also goes on to say that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba today poses a far bigger threat to the rest of the world when compared to all other terror outfits.

Do you think America has won the war on terror?

The term war on terror is flawed in a number of ways. One of them is that it conjures the image of clear-cut victory or defeat, but this was never going to be the case. The U.S. has had significant successes in some areas, such as degrading the central al-Qaeda organization and preventing additional attacks against the homeland. But it has also suffered setbacks in others – for example, its standing in the world has suffered as a result of various actions, in particular the invasion of Iraq. The threat still remains and it is one that the U.S. will continue to confront. One barometer of success will be its ability to do so without shortchanging other pressing domestic and foreign policy priorities.

What does the rest of the world especially India need to learn from the US on curbing the menace of terrorism?

First it is important to recognize that the nature of the terrorist threat facing India and the U.S. is different. 9/11 punctured America’s sense of security primarily because of the extent of the destruction caused, but also because Americans had little experience with being attacked. India has been forced to confront a drumbeat of attacks over the years, some executed by external groups and others by indigenous actors. Further, in terms of the drivers of terrorism against India, regional factors and domestic grievances play a larger role. So, again, the nature of the threat is different. That said, I do think one area where the U.S. has had success that sometimes goes unheralded is in the important focus placed on international intelligence cooperation, training analysts and investigators, and increasing inter-agency coordination. What people often see is the U.S. military footprint overseas and the beefed up homeland security measures, but it’s arguable that counter-terrorism improvements of the sort I just mentioned have played a major role in the ability to thwart attempted attacks and degrade enemy networks.

Do you feel America is still vulnerable to terrorism?

The U.S. has done a good job of protecting the homeland, but that does not mean it is invulnerable to terrorism. I’d argue that no country is. That will remain the case even after al-Qaeda and all of its associated actors are gone. Terrorist groups and networks can be eliminated, whereas terrorism is a tactic and one that future movements we may not be able to fathom today could employ. That’s not meant to be alarmist. It’s simply to say that terrorism is not a new phenomenon and it is unlikely to disappear. I’d reiterate that one of the keys to successfully responding to terrorism, regardless the perpetrator, remains taking a balanced approach that accounts for the need to respond to threats as they arise without shortchanging important domestic or foreign policy priorities.

Do you think the death of Osama Bin laden has made the world a safer place to live in?

Bin Laden’s death removed a very inspirational figure, sent the important message that the U.S. retains the capacity to pursue its enemies wherever they may be and likely helped to sow a degree of disarray in al-Qaeda. The intelligence recovered from his safe house might enable America to inflict even more damage than his death itself. But bin Laden’s demise did not end the threat from jihadist violence to the U.S. or other countries, especially India and Pakistan.

Which outfit today according to you poses the biggest threat to the US?

It’s difficult to quantify and I tend not to try, especially considering I work off of only open source material. I’d say that among jihadist outfits, al-Qaeda Central, either acting unilaterally or in concert with another outfit like the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, still poses a threat. So too does al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which some experts suggest has surpassed AQ central.

Do you the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba is a far more dangerous outfit compared to the Al-Qaeda today?

It depends: far more dangerous to whom? LeT poses a bigger threat to India than al-Qaeda, but the latter remains a greater threat to the U.S. at present. LeT also remains influenced more by regional dynamics than global jihad and its present situation in Pakistan can also act as a check against military adventurism vis-à-vis strikes against the U.S. homeland. That said, there is concern about LeT in the U.S. because of its transnational attack capabilities as well as the fear that it could spin out of control or that a faction in the group could leverage these capabilities for an attack unsanctioned by the LeT leadership.

Do you think the US is content with its security apparatus and hardly does anything for the rest of the world?

All countries prioritize their own national security interests before those of other countries, and the U.S. is no different. But the U.S. has intervened in conflicts where those interests were not directly threatened, most recently in Libya. I’d also caution that there are limits to what America can accomplish. It’s a superpower, but that does not mean it is all powerful. Further, a world in which the U.S. works to enable its allies to shoulder some of the burden, such as in Libya, would not necessarily be such a bad thing.

SC to Jaya-Go to court

In a set back to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalaltihaa, the Supreme Court today directed her to appear before the Special Court trying the disproportionate assets case against her. The Supreme Court verdict comes in the wake of an earlier application filed by her seeking exemption from a personal appearance on the ground of security and also the fact that she needs to be in Chennai in view of the budget session.
A Division Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Deepak Verma while passing the order however observed that it would be the discretion of the trial judge to decide on whether the trial would be conducted in a separate room or in the regular court. The TN CM would however have to file an application to this effect seeking a order.
The trial court houses in the City Civil Court in Bangalore is crowded and is a hub of activity. Jayalalithaa who enjoys heavy security was apprehensive that there could be a threat to her life in the wake of her being asked to be personally present. A battle regarding her appearance has been on several times in the trial court which was set up almost five years back.
The Supreme Court which today directed her to appear before the trial court on October 20 however added that she be examined in a proper environment. The trial has been going on at a very slow pace ever since the special court was set up thanks to various reasons. A couple of years back the Supreme Court had stayed the trial for sometime due to certain technicalities which were raised by the accused persons.

Life was not the same post 9/11

Mohammed Jawed Amzath with his family
For Mohammed Jawed Amzath who was termed as the boz cutter by the FBI post 9/11, life will never be the same. He was detained in the United States of America after the 9/11 attacks only to be freed as an innocent man 18 months later. What he underwent in detention is a sorry tale and the manner in which he has coped with life after that is something exceptional.

A narrow road leads up to his residence at the Doodh Gauli in Hyderabad. There is a huge gate which and when I knock on it an old lady comes out to tell me that Azmath is away at work. She refuses to give out a cell number and this obviously goes on to show that that the horror of ten years back still is very fresh in her mind and the entire family is not ready to trust anyone as yet.

A while later Azmath’s wife Tasleem Murad who has had her own share of her battle since she is a Pakistani national turns up and says that her husband will be home in a while. Bilal their son who was born when Azmath was in custody comes out to shake hands and it is obvious that he knows nothing about the trauma the family was facing when he was born.

Azmath lands up a while later. He appears to have come to terms with life and has his own business now. As we tell him that we journalists only come back ten years later to remind you of horrific memories, he just smiles and says, “ I don’t mind talking about it.”

Azmath has sharp features like an Arab and this according to him did him in. It was one day after the horrific attack when he and his friends were travelling from New Jersey to Texas by train when the nightmare occurred. A couple of people at the station informed the police about them and he along with several others was picked up in connection with the 9/11 attacks.

Azmath narrates his trauma while in custody and says that the 18 months in detention was a nightmare. We had no clue what was happening and for nearly 6 months we did not have access to a lawyer. The interrogators insisted that it was best that I confessed to my crime. According to them I was aware of the plot regarding 9/11 and I was concealing facts. They made me stand in freezing temperature for days together. In fact one of the officials even tried to strike a deal with me and said all I needed to do was to confess and he would ensure that I would be out in no time. In addition to this he also told me that there would incentives such as a good job and also lots of money if I confessed. I however knew that they were playing me into a trap and I did not find it necessary to confess to something that I had not done.

I took all the torture and I believed that God would atleast hear my prayers. They tortured me in detention hit me against the wall, but I was not ready to owe up to something since I was innocent. The whole issue was that we had with us box cutters which was being used to open bundles at a news stand and they thought we used it for something else. Finally I got justice from the court and was allowed to return to India to be with my family.

It was nothing but mental trauma. I was tortured but never charged. Today life appears to be settling down, but that trauma will never leave. When I returned to Hyderabad, the only source of support was my family. They were relieved that I was back and reassured me that everything will be fine. However I cannot say that about the general public and even till date sometimes I am referred to that man who was arrested for 9/11.

I have a small business and there are certain well wishers who have helped me get through with this. My family continues to be my biggest strength and I am very happy with them. I know I have to leave the past behind me since we as a family have to survive.

9/11 will be a date which will continue to sent tremors up my spine and the case is the same. His wife too echoes the same sentiment while stating that as that date approaches she starts to feel uneasy. Azmath goes on to add looking back at that day he feels that he was a victim of the political situation. Asian Muslims were under target and the US was only building up a ground to attack Iraq and Afghanistan. They wanted to show every Asian Muslim in poor light and depict them as terrorists and hence I too was one of the victims.

Frankly speaking when I went to the US, I never imagined that this would ever happen to me. I was just doing my work and unfortunately I became the victim. The people over there are very nice and generally there is no discrimination. However it was the government which had a different mind set at that point in time and even the people were paranoid. Today it will be very difficult for me to go back and moreover my family will not approve of it.

When asked whether he has shared any of these experiences with his son as yet, the answer is a no. He is too small and over the years I will tell him for sure. However whether he would like to go to the US or not is entirely his choice and I will not stop him if he does want to go.

What I have faced I would not want for anyone. It is very painful for a family when they get to know about a detention of their loved one through television. For 3 months I had no contact with my family and I can well imagine what they must have gone through. To make matters worse, my wife was expecting at that time and the police here decided to deport her since she was a Pakistani. All alone she had to battle that issue. His wife adds here that she did not want to go to Pakistan, but wanted to be here in India and wait for her husband. I however got a favourable order from the court before my son was born. Today I have applied for Indian citizenship and I am waiting for that.

I have a great deal of respect for the US judiciary. Thanks to them after I came back I have not been harassed by the local police over here. The judge told me that there would be no harassment for me once back in India and she also added that the US media was watching me and in case there was harassment locally they would make a hue and cry about it.

The victimisation of Muslims is not just restricted to the US. I saw before my own eyes what happened to several innocent youth here after the Mecca Masjid attack. I do feel at times that we should all get together and put up a system where by we are protected. However at the moment I am really not confident since the system here is really very bad.

This is an incident that I would like to forget and want to move past it. The scars are too deep and I know it is difficult. Sometimes I get angry with the system, but then I do realise there is no point. The US officials have not even bothered to tender an apology and that did anger me. Today I have sought compensation and that battle is still on.

I am just happy and content that I have my family with me today and my son and daughter will be my biggest strengths. I hope they are not traumatised uncessarily for what I have gone through.

Delhi blasts-why is there a mailing spree on?

It is a perfect ploy that has been adapted by these terrorist groups. A third email has been sent out in three days after the Delhi blasts and this gives a clear indication that the intention is to confuse investigating agencies.
There is a bit insanity in the manner in which this case is being probed today. Every theory has wrong till date. The get away car which they thought was the vehicle of terror turned out to be stolen car and had nothing to do with the crime. Secondly the sketches which were drawn out in a hurry turned out to be wrong images according to the NIA. This has now prompted them to put out a new sketch. The interrogation of the various men who have been picked up till date in connection with the blast is moving at a very slow pace. These are just suspects and investigating agencies say that they are looking for leads from them although prima facie it does not appear they were directly connected with the crime.
The email culture after a blast which was made famous by the Indian Mujahideen was once a weapon for the police. However today it has become a nightmare since it is taking the police a step backward. On day one they were on the HuJi trail based on the mail. The mail clearly states that the judiciary would be under attack and that was the theory that they were working on. The probe did go in one particular direction and some members of the HuJi were even picked up.
The second day however there was another mail that was sent out which took the NIA into another spin and they started to explore the IM angle since this mail was alleged to have been sent by the outfit. Just when this angle was being probed there came another mail today which speaks about carrying out an attack in Ahmedabad.
What such mails tend to do is throw the investigating agency off guard and the resources are more about safeguarding the city. Moreover despite the IM being down today, the police have learnt from the Ahmedabad blasts experience where a mail was sent out a couple of minutes before the attack warning about the blasts.
The IM had the most sophisticated technical cell and they used technology to their advantage. They played the cat and mouse game with the police very well with the police and did manage success to a large extent. The likes of Mansoor Pheerbhoy may be arrested and Abdus Subhan absconding, but that it not good enough to say that they technical cell has been busted. There are many more boys who are out on the lose who are capable of sending such mails bouncing them off proxy servers.
Sources in the investigating team say that this is the third mail till date and it cannot be merely dismissed as mischief. Whoever is sending them out has a motive behind it and it could all have been sent from one place while bouncing them off servers of different places. A mischief monger may not take such a big risk of dealing with a case of terrorism knowing fully well what the consequences are. Although the person sending out the mail may not have anything to do with the attack, he would be still interested in sending it out to confuse the investigators. A couple of boys from the IM are capable of this since they would be trying to send out a message that they are still active. Although they may have not carried out this attack they would still want to show that they are in business. The NIA is in touch with Google for more details on the mail and are expecting some answers in the next couple of days.
The probe today is centric around these mails since the police believe that there could be more to it. Apart from trying and finding out the origins, they would also study the pattern. For starters it does not appear to be a typical mail that an IM would send out. However one cannot rule out the possibility of a change in strategy, investigating authorities also pointed out.