A 28-year-old man has landed behind bars for threatening to blow up a hotel owned by Madhya Pradesh transport minister Bhupindra Singh as well as his residence in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar city.
The accused Bhupindra Singh Thakur — a namesake of the minister — has claimed that he wanted to avenge his sacking by the hotel management without paying him his dues.
Thakur was nabbed on Friday in Indore from where he had sent emails to the minister and the Sagar superintendent of police (SP) on September 11 threatening to explode nine bombs at the hotel and the minister’s house.
Sagar is around 180 from Bhopal. The minister was not available for comments but the manager of Deepali Hotel, Gajendra Rajput, denied that the accused worked in the hotel.
"The person nabbed by police is lying. He was never in service in our hotel not even one hour leave aside one-and-a-half months."
Bhupindra Singh Thakur, hailing from neighbouring Damoh district, allegedly told police during interrogation that he wanted to teach a lesson to the hotel management and the minister for their "injustice".
Thakur also claimed he had joined the minister’s hotel as an accounts manager on April 4 after leaving a "well-paying job" in a private company.
He claimed to have been earning Rs 40,000 per month prior to his joining the hotel. Though he was hired for the same monthly salary, the hotel management sacked him after just one-and-half months but paid him only Rs 21,000, the accused claimed.
Sagar superintendent of police Sachin Atulkar said that the mail was sent from the account of Mohammad Zaleel, a fake identity created by the accused. Police bomb squad had even carried out extensive search of the hotel and the minister’s house. Later, police cyber experts tracked the mail to a cyber cafe in Indore, he said.
The SP said the cafe owner tipped them about a "suspicious person" who was a frequent visitor. "Our team laid a trap and waited for few days. On Friday, we managed to catch the accused," he added.