|Hemant Soren, Rajeev Kumar
Ranchi, May 28: DGP Rajeev Kumar received a text message warning him and chief minister Hemant Soren of imminent death unless anti-Naxalite operations were stopped in the state, throwing security forces into a tizzy for the entire day today.
“Rajeev Kumar DGP stop naxal operation or I kill U and Ur CM Hemant Soren,” went the SMS on the DGP’s BlackBerry from 918407092840.
“The SMS threat has come at a time when chief minister Hemant Soren is away on a personal tour of Vaishno Devi and Kullu-Manali with his family. He is expected to reach the state capital on May 30, Friday,” a senior policeman said.
The seller of the SIM card, a shopkeeper from Adityapur in Seraikela-Kharsawan, was detained for questioning late in the evening. His name has not been revealed.
It seems that Prabhash Mishra, to whom the SIM was apparently issued, is not the person’s real name. The shopkeeper did not verify papers, which have major discrepancies.
Since the time the SIM was activated on May 22, text messages sent from the number include one to a businessman demanding Rs 5 lakh and another death threat to Chakulia BDO, where the sender claimed he was an area commander of Ghurabandha.
DGP Kumar said investigations were on to find the real identity of the sender. “We can’t divulge too much at this point in time as this will hamper the investigations,” the DGP said, refusing to comment further.
A senior policeman, throwing more light on the death threat message for Hemant and the DGP, said: “The message was sent to DGP Kumar’s number on Monday, but he noticed it on Tuesday at home. It was found to be switched off. We are going through call and SMS records.”
City SP Anoop Birtharay and IG (provisions) Anurag Gupta, contacted separately, said the probe was being pursued seriously. Both, however, declined to divulge details.
State VIPs have received threats earlier too.
On December 6, 2012, then DGP G.S. Rath, along with his counterparts in Mumbai and Delhi, received a terror threat mail about 3,000 blast deaths across Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Delhi.
The mail was sent from Yahoo mail ID danishalam902. A probe with Yahoo’s help revealed one Ranchi-based private contractor Mohammed Irfan had written it. Irfan, who had sent the e-message from a cyber café beside Lalpur police station in the heart of the capital, was arrested and sent to jail on December 31, 2012.
On September 22, 2010, then Jharkhand Speaker C.P. Singh received a letter purported from some Maoists warning him not pursue an application of one Dr Arun Kumar, then director, state science and technology department.