The Mumbai Police Cyber Crime Investigation Cell probing a tweet threatening to blow up a Chennai-based five star hotel has traced the post to an engineer from Maharashtra. According to sources, the tweet sent by a 22-year-old engineer was a prank.
While the tweet was tagged to both the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai and the ITC Grand Chola in Chennai, it explicitly threatened to carry out a terror strike at the ITC Grand Chola hotel. The tweet was posted on March 30 by the accused from his Twitter handle ‘Abhinav’, following which both the Chennai police and the Mumbai police started conducting parallel probes. The Mumbai cyber cell managed to track it to the accused and now plans to write to the Chennai police on the case.
“Since the case was registered with the Chennai police, we are going to write to them and apprise them about our investigation.”
Additional Commissioner of Police, Crime, K M M Prasanna said. “While the email was directed to the Grand Chola hotel, it was also tagged to the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai and therefore we started probing the case,” said a senior officer who did not wish to be named. “We immediately wrote to Twitter and they swiftly reverted with the IP address of the accused,” added the officer.
With the growing misuse of social networking sites, security agencies have been frequently writing to them to either suspend these accounts or help them locate these IP addresses.