An eleven-year-old schoolboy in Madhya Pradesh's Katni district, in Central India, has turned out to be the source of an e-mail sent to a news channel, claiming responsibility for Mumbai blasts on 'Lashkar-e-Ulhak's' behalf.
The involvement comes in the wake of the arrest of an errant youth, Sumit Tamrakar, for sending a similar e-mail to a local Hindi daily, taking responsibility for Mumbai blasts and threatening bombings in Bhopal.
"Police are investigating the angle that whether there was some other hand behind these incidents," said Mr. S K Raut, additional director general of police (Intelligence), according to a report in rediff.
In his e-mail, Vibhor Kamalkar had held 'Lashkar-e-Ulhak' responsible for the Mumbai blasts; at the end of the e-mail, he had repeated the word 'yes' about 10 times.
Although police and intelligence agencies interrogated the child and his parent in this regard, no case was registered.
The seven synchronised blasts have killed at least 190 people and left another 625 injured.
Meanwhile, in a related incident, police in the Northern state of Bihar arrested three persons from different parts of state on Thursday night in connection with the serial bomb blasts in Mumbai.
Two suspects -- Mohammad Kalam and Khalid Aziz -- were arrested from the Madhubani district by a joint team of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad and the Intelligence Bureau, police said. Khalid Aziz was arrested from Malmal village while Mohammad Kalam was arrested from Basopatti bazaar locality.
Both suspects were taken to Mumbai by a special aircraft from Patna, the website said, adding that the two were believed to have fled Mumbai after the blasts.
The third suspects -- Mohammed Akram -- was arrested from Khandwa village in Gaya district. Police recovered some photographs and a mobile phone from his possession.
Akram is a teacher in a madrassa at Mysore and his appearance resembles one of those whose pictures were published in newspapers, police said.
"We are interrogating him on the basis of some evidence. Nothing can be said about him at present," Gaya Superintendent of Police Amit Jain said.