Police on Sunday arrested a man on the charge of providing false information that Al Qaeda, an international Islamic terrorist group, had planned to carry out a series of explosions in Kathmandu, including in the Pashupatinath Temple.
The Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD), Hanumandhoka, arrested thirty-six-year old Roshan Bharati, originally from Damak-13 of Jhapa district, for illegally gaining access to others´ email addresses and misleading the police through emails.
According to SSP Puskar Karki, chief of MPCD, Bharati using the email identity (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Kaiyum Riyaz, a Pakistani national and Nepal-based representative of Kalki Avatar Foundation, sent an email to Younus Algohar, chief of Kalki foundation based in UK, saying AL Qaeda was planning explosions in Kathmandu.
According to MPCD, the email claimed an explosion plan had been set for Dec 6 at the Pashupatinath Temple. “Some people in Nepal have been inspecting us,” read the email.
“We are interrogating the arrested. As the statements provided by the accused is unstable, we are investigating to find the motive behind the illegal act,” said SSP Karki.
Acting on the tip-off by Bharati, police had arrested around 20 persons, including Indian, Pakistani and Napali nationals, from Kathmandu last Friday. While the Indian and Nepali citizens have been already released, Pakistani nationals are still in detention.
Police suspect that Bharati hacked Riyaz´ email after the latter failed to meet terms and conditions of payment for some kind of work. Bharati, an engineer by profession, had printed the email sent from Riyaz´s address and handed it over to the police.