POLICE DETAINS ONE MORE FOR KOLKATA BOMB
POLICE DETAINS ONE MORE FOR KOLKATA BOMB HOAX
Kolkata July 31:
A day after the arrest of the owner of a cyber cafe from where an e-mail threatening to blow up important places in the city was sent, police detained a woman working with the Salt Lake cafe in connection with the case.
Police said Sabitri Dandapat, a resident of Orissa, was arrested this morning as she looked after the cyber cafe in the absence of its owner, Kaushik Basu. Dandapat is a semi-literate woman working as maid in Basu's house for the past six years. But she learnt to operate computers.
Basu was arrested last night for interrogation after the hoax e-mail threatening that bombs would rip through important buildings and landmarks of the city was sent from the cyber cafe to a TV channel. Police said both Basu and Dandapat would be grilled together as there are discrepancies in their statements.
The TV channel informed police about the e-mail yesterday which said "important areas of the city like Park Street, Salt Lake, Nicco Park and landmark buildings like High Court and the state Assembly would be blown off by 10.30 pm".
Bomb squad officials searched for explosives in the mentioned areas but nothing was recovered. The city has also been put on high alert and security arrangement for the High Court and the state Assembly has been tightened, police said.