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E-mail threat: Delhi Police likely to conduct pan-India probe

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New Delhi, May 13 (PTI) The Delhi Police is likely to conduct a pan-India investigation with its counterparts in other states to crack the conspiracy behind e-mail threats sent to various installations, including schools, hospitals and airports, in other states, officials said on Monday.

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According to a Delhi Police officer, the officers here are analysing the pattern of the e-mails and planning to approach the police forces of other states.

In the last two weeks, schools and hospitals in cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Lucknow, and airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Nagpur and Kolkata, besides various government buildings received the threats from foreign-based mailing service companies that have advanced data encryption. Investigations in these cities are underway, police said.

Twenty hospitals, the Delhi airport and the Northern Railway's chief public relations officer's (CPRO) office received the e-mails warning about the "placing of explosive devices inside the buildings" on Sunday. The Delhi Police carried out searches but nothing suspicious was found.

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The officer said Sunday's threat was sent from Europe-based mailing service company beeble.com. Police will soon write to Interpol to get information about the IP (internet protocol) address of the device from which the e-mail was sent, he added.

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police is conducting the investigation, he said.

The officer further said the sender had used a similar domain service provider while sending the threats to 70 schools in Bengaluru a few days ago.

He said a Russian-based domain, mail.ru, was used to send the threats to schools in Delhi and Ahmedabad. These e-mails are being sent using proxy servers or a VPN (virtual private network), the officer said.

Police said it is suspected that the purpose behind sending such e-mails was to trigger panic and disturb public order in metro cities amid the Lok Sabha polls. PTI ALK RC

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