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DGP text suspects ‘released’

Jamshedpur, May 29: Police today claimed to have released three persons who were detained yesterday in connection with the threat texts sent to DGP Rajeev Kumar.

East Singhbhum SSP Amol V. Homkar said they released Naveen Agrawal, Ayush Amman and Prabhas Mishra, picked from a shop and a house at Adityapur in Seraikela-Kharsawan last evening, as there was no evidence against them. “We interrogated the trio and found that Prabhas, to whom the SIM was apparently issued, had not purchased it. Someone else bought it in his name,” Homkar said.

Agrawal is the owner of Garg Stores, which sold the Vodafone SIM, while Ayush is a salesman. Agrawal’s uncle Bunti Agrawal claimed that police were yet to release him and Ayush. “They have only released Prabhas Mishra,” Banti claimed.

The SMS, warning the DGP and chief minister Hemant Soren of death unless anti-Naxalite operations were stopped, was sent to Kumar’s number on Monday. The mobile number from where the messages were sent is still active with tower locations pointing to Kadma and Sonari.