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Govt mum on Haywood's departure

Tuesday, 19 August 2008 - 6:30pm IST | Agency: PTI
Questions were being asked about the sudden departure of Ken Haywood, an executive whose computer Internet connection was used to send terror e-mail minutes before Ahmedabad blasts.

NEW DELHI: Questions were being asked on Tuesday about the sudden departure of Ken Haywood, an executive of an MNC whose computer Internet connection was used to send terror e-mail minutes before Ahmedabad blasts, but the Government chose to remain mum.
     
Haywood left on the intervening night of August 17-18 from Indira Gandhi International Airport here, despite a lookout notice issued by the Mumbai police pending against the 48-year-old US citizen. He was accompanied by his wife and two daughters to his home via Brussels.
     
The sudden departure of Haywood has given rise to considerable speculation about him including whether he had links with a western intelligence agency.
      
There was speculation that his links with intelligence agencies had come to fore after which he felt threatened and left the country.  However, no one was forthcoming to confirm.
     
Haywood underwent lie detector and brain mapping test and nothing adverse was found against him.
     
Mumbai police's anti-terrorist squad had summoned him to verify the allegation that a senior police official had demanded a bribe from him.
     
Working with Cambell White in the country's commercial capital, Haywood was questioned several times after the Internet Protocol (IP) address of Indian Mujahideen mail, sent to various media houses minutes before Ahmedabad blasts, led to his flat in Navi Mumbai.
     
The entire building had a Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) with Haywood being one of the users. He had claimed that his connection, which was not password protected, was used by the terror group to send the email.
     
Haywood, who had come on a four-year contract, worked as a corporate training manager with Campbell White. He has more than 20 years experience in the field and has held senior positions with Fortune 500 companies throughout that time.
     
He has completed courses of study in civil engineering, real estate law, business communications, conflict resolution and advanced professional training courses, a statement issued by the company sometime back said.
     
Gujarat Police is already on the look out for a technical professional, who was working with Wipro company, as they claim that he could have possibly hacked his internet connection.


 




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