Special Correspondent

AHMEDABAD: The anti-terrorist squad (ATS) of the Gujarat police has arrested a father and son in Delhi for allegedly sending a threatening and abusive e-mail to Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Chief of the squad D.G. Vanzhara said Omar Farookh, 32, and his 70-year-old father Irfan Siddiqui were arrested from their residence at Malaviya Nagar on Thursday. They were brought here on Friday for questioning.

Irfan Siddiqui, who retired as a Union Deputy Secretary 10 years ago, was arrested because the telephone used to send the e-mail was registered in his name.

The police also seized a computer and other equipment.

A graduate of the Delhi School of Economics, Farookh is an employee of a computer company. The police have not been able to find any link with criminal or terrorist organisations.

Mr. Vanzhara declined to give details of the e-mail. He said an ATS team was sent to Delhi twice to check the source of the e-mail.

Only after the police were "doubly convinced" that the message came from Farookh's e-mail address that the two were arrested.