Jaipur: The Rajasthan ATS on Saturday arrested a 34-year-old resident of Jaipur’s Murlipura area for for allegedly circulating emails to 16 ministers warning them of terror strike by Indian Mujahideen on Republic Day.
The police have identified accused as Sushil Chaudhary who was held on Saturday night for circulating threatening email claiming of orchestrating terror strikes in the state on the eve of Republic day.
The email sent to 16 Rajasthan ministers to their official email id on 22 December read, “We are Indian Mujahideen. You people be careful. We are going to give you a Big Bang surprise. You can do whatever you want, but it’s a challenge that we will carry out many bomb strikes in Rajasthan on January 26. Stop us if you can.”
“We have arrested Sushil Chaudhary, a resident of Murlipura area in Jaipur, after tracking IP (internet protocol) address of a cyber cafe,” the officer told IANS.
“Chaudhary confessed that he sent those e-mails to the ministers from a cyber cafe,” official said.
“The accused was arrested by the ATS from his residence after Google provided us the IP address through which he circulated the mails. It was traced to a cyber cafe in Vidhyadhar Nagar here,” ATS ADG Alok Tripathi told PTI.
“We were provided the IP address yesterday and the accused was held last night,” Mr Tripathi said.
“Prima facie there is no terror link and the accused is being interrogated to verify his motive,” he said.
The accused created a fake email id and sent the emails from a cyber cafe, ATS officials said. The ATS had requested the email company to provide details of the email id which led to the arrest, they added.
However, as per reports, even after getting the IP address, it proved very difficult for the police to trace him via cyber-crime investigation as he had skipped Gmail’s phone verification process while creating a fake Gmail account.
As reported by ToI, he had searched ‘how to bypass Gmail verification process’ on Google. He followed some steps after learning to bypass the process, so his contact information was routed through a website which generates fake phone number of the account creator for Gmail verification. The number which he used was US-based which initially confused the police.
Nevertheless, the IP address suggested that the email had been generated using a Reliance network. After getting the address from where the email was generated, the police reached the cyber cafe. Though Sushil provided a fake ID card, the police worked out some clues and identified him.