August 12, 2008

Haywood Had Reported Inflated Internet Bills

By Parth Shastri

AHMEDABAD: Forensic and computer experts have confirmed with Mumbai investigators that the connection used by American citizen Ken Haywood in Navi Mumbai was used by other users in the last three months. And Haywood had been complaining about his inflated communication bill for these three months to the service provider.

According to police sources, the team sent from Ahmedabad had discussed the terror mail with the local investigators who provided some vital links in the case.

The officials also questioned three people arrested in the case. However, officials refused to reveal the name of the arrested as 'the investigation is going on.'

"Haywood's bill amount for July was Rs 6,000. He had complained to the service provider - VSNL - more than twice about the usage and even indicated that he could not have possibly used that much. At that juncture, the service providers sent a technician and systems expert to check the connection. However, we suspect that the technician had helped the terror organizations in sending the mail," said a senior Mumbai ATS official.

However, the second line of investigation also includes the nearby tenants and flat-owners who probably used the connection. Police sources have confirmed that two of the nearby tenants have been arrested for the misuse of connection.

"The service providers have told us that the connection is always secure. If somebody wants to use the router-based Wi-Fi , one needs an access code. In this case, the router was made insecure by somebody," said the official.

Ahmedabad officials have also questioned the tenant living opposite Haywood's flat in Sanpada. His laptop's forensic examination is pending, said officials. However, they did not find any objectionable mails in the person's laptop at the time of examination.

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