VISAKHAPATNAM: The police on Thursday arrested an employee of a software company on charge of sending a threatening mail to the firm management that he would blast the office unless he was paid Rs 1 crore.
Pothinamallayyapalem police received a complaint from T Subrahmanya Varma, director of Clove Technologies Private Limited, on January 1 in which the latter alleged that he had received a mail from an unknown person that a bomb had been placed in the company building and the email sender would reveal the location of the explosive, if paid `1 crore, deputy commissioner of police (Law and Order) Navin Gulati told the media here Thursday.
Immediately, a police team, along with bomb squads, rushed to the company. After searching the entire building, the police declared the mail as a hoax, but started investigation to nab the mail sender.
The accused, identified as N Sai Vamsi alias Raju, an employee of the same company, was addicted to several vices and accumulated a debt of more than Rs 5 lakh. To repay the debts, he had hatched a plan to spin quick buck and sent a mail to the firm management, the DCP said.
During investigation, the police found the IP address of the computer from which the mail was sent. They traced it to an Internet centre in Maddilapalem.
Based on the IP address and the mobile number of the accused which was registered in the log book of cyber cafe, the police arrested Raju. A case has been registered under Section 387 and Section 66 of the IT Act. Further investigation is on.