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Youth, 25, threatens to blast Madhya Pradesh minister’s residence, hotel arrested

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh police on Sunday arrested a 25-year-old youth who had sent an email threatening bomb blasts at the residence and hotel owned by state transport, Science and Information Technology minister Bhoopendra Singh in Sagar.

Police said investigations got complicated as identity of the person who sent the email was minister’s namesake - Bhupendra Singh. Sagar Superintendent of police (SP) Sachin Atulkar said the accused is a resident of Damoh and had worked as account manager at minister’s hotel for some time.

He had left the job a couple of months ago. “The e-mail was received by me on my official e-mail ID. It was traced to a cyber cafe at Indore,” Atulkar said.

The mail was created in the name of Mohammad Zaleel and stated that an explosion would be carried out without specifying the date, the officials said. “The e-mail ID from which the mail was sent seemed was created recently,” he said.

As a proxy server was used police had to take help of Google's investigation wing to trace the IP. The register of the cyber cafe operator was checked it was found that a person named - Bhupendra Singh. “This made us think that person who sent the mail must have used a fake identity,” said the SP. Police then alerted their field intelligence unit to keep the cafe under surveillance.

“After a week-long monitoring we zeroed in on the suspect and arrested him. During interrogation he spilled the beans,” officer said. Accused said he was to trigger a panic in the hotel. He has been booked on charges of intimidation and violation of Information Technology (IT) Act.