Mumbai, May 24 :
The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) on Saturday arrested a 25-year-old man from Chunabhatti area in North East Mumbai, for allegedly sending a message on the Lucknow Police headquarters’ Whatsapp number, threatening to kill chief minister Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in a bomb blast.
In his message, the accused, identified as Kamran Amin Khan, claimed that he was plotting the attack on the UP CM. The message was received by the social media cell of UP Police’s integrated emergency response centre UP112 in the early hours of Friday morning, following which a first information report (FIR) was registered at Gomati Nagar police station under sections 505 (1)(b) (causing fear or alarm to the public to commit an offence against the state or public tranquillity); 506 (for threat to cause death), and 507 (for using anonymous communication for issuing threat) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against an unknown person.
After tracing the number used to send the message, to Khan, UP Police informed the Maharashtra Police and ATS started conducting an inquiry. Khan was picked up from Chunabhatti and brought to the Kalachowki ATS unit in South Central Mumbai. During his interrogation he confessed to the crime, an ATS officer said. Maharashtra ATS will hand over Khan to the Lucknow Police for further inquiry after being be produced in a court for remand in Mumbai.
“We traced the accused using technical and human intelligence. He has a history of drug abuse but no criminal record. His actions seem to have been a prank. Even his number is saved on Truecaller as ‘Yogi Ji’,” an ATS officer said.
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