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U.S. national Ken Haywood leaves India

Mumbai Bureau

MUMBAI: American national Kenneth Haywood, 44, has left the country on Monday morning according to the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS). However, the ATS does not know if his wife and daughter are accompanying him.

Haywood is a suspect in connection with the Ahmedabad blasts after a threatening e-mail was sent on the day of the blasts from his Internet Protocol address. About 412 MB of data was downloaded from Haywood’s computer while he was working on it between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

ATS chief Hemant Karkare confirmed that Haywood had left for the U.S. Mr. Karkare told reporters late on Monday that he left from New Delhi. The Delhi police and immigration officials would be questioned to find out how he had left. A look out notice was issued in his name on July 30. However, his passport was not impounded as the police needed proof of involvement in a case to do so, Mr. Karkare said.

The results of the polygraph tests which Haywood was subjected to came on Monday and his name was cleared, said Mr. Karkare. It shows that he was not the person who sent the email on the day of the blasts. The ATS chief said Haywood was not a suspect anymore. However, he was called for questioning by the ATS on Sunday and Monday for some allegation he had made about a policeman asking for a bribe from him to clear his name.

Haywood has been on the list of suspects of the Anti-Terrorism Squad office since the news of the e-mail broke out. Earlier in the investigation, Parambir Singh, Additional Commissioner, Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Mumbai, told reporters that Haywood could not leave the country without permission, as he was required to be available for investigation.

Besides the polygraph and brain-mapping tests Haywood underwent recently, technical experts at the Kalina forensic laboratory are in the process of analysing the hard disks of three of his computers.

There was speculation that his computers were hacked, but preliminary forensic analysis showed less likelihood of hacking.

Haywood was a resident of Gunina Apartments in Navi Mumbai. He lived there with his wife and daughter.

He worked as a corporate training manager with Campbell White, a multi-national firm, which was also under the police scanner. He had been in India for the past one year.

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