On Batla anniversary, e-mail talks of 'martyrs', Kashmir 'genocide'

The Home Ministry has sought technical help from Google to trace the gmail account and relevant IP address from which the e-mail was sent, purportedly by the Indian Mujahideen, claiming responsibility for the firing outside Jama Masjid, two and a half hours after the incident.

The five-page e-mail, sent at 1:37 pm, "dedicates" the attack to the "martyrdom" of Mohammed Atif Amin and Mohammad Sajid two years to the day at Batla House in Delhi.

Titled "As We Bleed, So Will You Seep", it warns against the hosting of the Commonwealth Games, saying it was preparing for a "great surprise", and warns "Bombayites" of a "fresh bloodbath". Also, for the first time in an e-mail attributed to the IM, the Kashmir problem is talked about at length.

However, the mail, which was also addressed to Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband, in addition to television channels and newspapers in India and abroad, neither makes any direct mention of today's incident nor provides any details about it.

While the Delhi Police are not yet dubbing it a terror attack, investigators acknowledge that the e-mail bears a striking resemblance to previous such mails sent by the IM.

"The mail is indeed from the Indian Mujhaideen as the logo and scanned image of signatures (on it) are still in their possession and seem to have been used," said a senior official. Like the previous mails, this one too has verses from the Koran (though not the same ones as used earlier).

What may have changed, the official adds, are the content writers. Today's e-mail consistently refers to 'Bombay', including 'Bombay Police', instead of calling the city Mumbai. Three earlier mails sent by the IM had used Mumbai all along. The repeated use of the term "idol worshippers" to describe the security forces is another new feature. And unlike earlier e-mails, the latest does not have any pictures.

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