Patna: A man has been arrested for allegedly giving a death threat to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar through a WhatsApp message, said police officials on Wednesday. The accused was arrested by Patna Police from Gujarat’s Surat with the help of the Gujarat police. The Bihar Police Officials further said that the team from Patna has also reached Surat for questioning the accused in connection with this case.
The accused identified as Ankit Mishra, who is in his late 20s, was nabbed from Laskana area of the city and was handed over to Bihar Police for further investigation. The accused work as a textile worker in Surat.
“Bihar CM Nitish Kumar received a death threat through a WhatsApp message, after which Patna Police arrested the accused from Surat with the help of Gujarat Police. Patna Police officials have reached Surat for questioning of the accused,” said Bihar Police Officials.
Claimed to blow up Nitish Kumar
As per the officials, on March 20, a person had called a Patna-based news channel's office and claimed that he would blow up CM Kumar in the next 36 hours.
A formal complaint in this regard was lodged at Sachivalaya police station in Patna, said Lalit Vagadiya, an inspector from the Surat crime branch.
“Technical surveillance by Bihar police revealed that the call was made from Surat, following which Bihar police sought the help of Surat police to nab the culprit. We finally managed to nab the caller, identified as Ankit Mishra. He has been handed over to Patna police,” said the official.
Bihar Police to investigate to find out why he made threat call
He said that the primary investigations by Surat police revealed that Mishra is a native of Bihar and has been working as a labourer in a powerloom factory in the city’s Laskana area for the past six years. “Bihar police will investigate to find out why he made the threat call,” he added.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, security was beefed up at Union minister Nitin Gadkari’s home and office in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city after a man made three calls threatening to harm the senior BJP leader if Rs 10 crore was not paid to him.
(With agencies input)