US citizen linked with terror mail leaves India

August 18th, 2008 - 11:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Aug 18 (IANS) Kenneth Haywood, the US national whose computer was allegedly hacked to send a terror e-mail minutes before the July 26 Ahmedabad bombings, has left India along with his wife and two daughters, a police official said here Monday.The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Mumbai Police learnt Monday that Haywood had Sunday gone to New Delhi and from there had flown to an “unknown destination”, the official said.

Haywood’s lawyer in Mumbai G.S. Hegde denied any knowledge of his client’s whereabouts. “The last I spoke to him was Friday (Aug 15). Thereafter, his cellphone has been switched off. I have no idea where he could be,” Hegde told IANS Monday evening.

To a query, Hegde said that the ATS had not contacted him so far in this matter.

An independent source said the Haywood family had left Mumbai Friday, when the long holiday weekend began with the Independence Day, followed by Raksha Bandhan Saturday and the Parsi New Year holiday on Tuesday.

Haywood shot into the headlines when investigating authorities traced the IP address of the terror e-mail, sent to media oranisations minutes before the Ahmedabad blasts, to his computer at his Gunina Apartments home in Sanpada suburb of Navi Mumbai.

Later, he was subjected to intensive grilling by investigating agencies. He had offered his laptops, his Internet router and other equipment to the ATS for forensic tests, the reports of which have been negative.

Last week, the ATS also sent him for a polygraph and lie-detector test, the results of which are awaited.

Haywood, working as a general manager of the US-based company Campbell White, has been on a four-year posting in India and had been living in Navi Mumbai for the past one year.

The series of 22 coordinated blasts in slightly oevr an hour in Ahmedabad had left 55 people dead and injured many more.

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