A 30-year-old man’s plan to implicate his uncle for sending threatening text messages to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan backfired when the police saw through his subterfuge and arrested him on Sunday.
Arrested from Chhatarpur, 344 km north-east from Bhopal, Jai Singh Kushwaha had sent threatening text messages to police officials saying an attempt will be made on the CMs life during the latter’s visit to the district. The messages were sent from a SIM card which Kushwaha had procured by giving documents of his uncle.
This had sent the police in a tizzy when the chief minister visited the district on September 5. Due to the ‘threat’, the police remained extra vigilant and all programmes were held under tight security.
The police launched a probe in the matter and found that the SIM card’s ‘owner’ was one, Ram Kishan. However, after Singh was questioned, the police realised that he was not involved in issuing the threat.
Telephonic surveillance also corroborated his statement. Subsequent investigation revealed that Ram Kishan had an old dispute with his nephew Kushwaha who had tried to frame Singh by using his documents.
Town Inspector (TI) KS Thakur said that Kushwaha has been arrested. “Kushwaha told us that he wanted to frame his uncle in this case,” he said.
The suspect has been booked for criminal intimidation and under the IT Act. A case of fraud would also be registered against him. The police are checking his background and whether he has links with any political outfit.