Human Rights

Fake I.M. email: Monu Ojha nabbed

The moment there is a bomb blast, there is a spate of instant emails which the electronic media claims to have been sent by I.M. jihadis and the gullible ones swallow this allegation. The recent Delhi High Court blast was also followed by a few emails. However, when the fraud behind the fake emails was unearthed; electronic and print media maintained a defeaning silence.

The second and the fourth email was sent from Kolkata and the person behind them was identified as Sunny Sharma. The N.I.A. has called him for interrogation while two persons from Kishtwar district of J&K, Sadiq Ahmad and Abid Husain who are related to the surrendered militant Irshad Ahmad Farooq Husain, have been brought for interrogation in connection with the HuJI email. Eleven persons so far have been arrested whereas 50 others, mostly students, have been interrogated.

An email in the name of I.M. threatened to rock Ahmadabad in such a manner that the Delhi blast would pale into insignificance, this made the security agencies sweat (and were perplexed). However a breakthrough was accomplished with the arrest of Monu Brahman and Ojha from Ahmadabad in time, and the security agencies heaved a sigh of relief. This third email: kill.indian@yahoo.com claimed to be sent by Ali Saeed Al Huri of I.M. declared the intention of wreaking havoc which people would not forget for tens of years.

Suspecting mischief the N.I.A. and Delhi police alerted their cyber cells. As the name of Ahmadabad was specifically mentioned; the Ahmadabad police also began probing the message. While checking the server history of the ID they concluded that the email was sent from Gujarat. Rajesh Kumar Yadav from Patan was the Internet user. When the Ahmadabad crime branch raided Yadav’s house he pleaded ignorance and said that Monu Brahmanand Ojha had been using his server for data entry. During interrogation Monu Ojha confessed to his “prank”. He was brought to Ahmadabad under Act 66 of Information Technology

Ahmadabad police commissioner Sudhir Sinha apprised press reporters that Monu had a dispute with his father and went to Patan. In order to ensure high security of Ahmadabad following Delhi blast he decided to send the fake email so that Ahmadabad would be on high alert.

Ahmadabad police, however, is probing further whether he has any criminal past or any link with any terror outfit. Monu’s father, Brahmanand Ojha, is branch manage in a company that produces Oleum gas in the GIDC, Watwa. The family comprises a son and two daughters. He studied upto XI and speaks broken English. Having failed XII exam he completed a course and later on had an argument with his father. He joined a call centre but did not stay there long. Later on he joined another call centre at Ahmadabad where he came in contact with a girl, Tanya Sharma. Assuring him of a job as data entry operator, she absconded after cheating him to the tune of Rs. 75,000.

Ojha, later on, met Rajkumar Yadav, resident of U.P. living in Gujarat for the last twelve years. Yadav does not know much about computers hence he used to rely on Monu. Ojha used Yadav’s laptop for sending the fake email. The mystery was solved by cyber cell expert P.I. Kiran Patel (seen in the photograph).

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2011 on page no. 11

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