Youth arrested for sending email threat to 'Rashtrapati Bhavan'

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Kochi, Oct 31 (UNI) Police today arrested a 23-year-old youth for sending an e-mail to the 'Rashtrapati Bhavan' threatening the life of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Speaking to reporters here, Ernakulam City Police Commissioner Manoj Abraham said Arun Surya, had send the e-mail to the President's Office on October 24 from an id created in the name of girl, with whom he had enmity.

Mr Abraham said the State police started investigating into the matter yesterday after the Joint Commissioner of Police, Rashtrapati Bhavan Security Dr Aditya Arya informed the local police through Director General of Police (DGP) that the mail originated from Kochi.

In the e-mail, a copy of which was distributed to the mediapersons, it was mentioned that '' four blasts would be done at various sensitive places around Kochi and Delhi and Sonia Gandhi would be killed on November 14.'' The investigating team headed by Assistant Commissioner P M Varghese verified the footages of the webcam at the private internet cafe from where the mail was sent and picked four people,including Arun for questioning, but others were let off.

Mr Abraham said the accused, who had confessed to the crime was booked under various sections of the Information Technology (IT) Act and for impersonation.

The Commissioner confirmed that Arun, a B Tech student at a private college here, had no criminal antecedents and no links with any terror group.

The State was under high alert after the chain of blasts yesterday in Assam and these kind of threats were looked into with utmost importance, he added.


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