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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

IM planning to kidnap Kejriwal to barter for Bhatkal: Intel

PTI & HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 19, 2014
First Published: 17:05 IST(19/1/2014) | Last Updated: 17:43 IST(19/1/2014)

Terror outfit Indian Mujahideen is planning to abduct Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to barter the release of its key member Yaseen Bhatkal, who was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border on August 27 last year, police sources told PTI on Sunday.

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The threat, coming a week after intelligence agencies warned the Aam Aadmi Party leader could be targeted by water and tender mafias, has once again spurred the police to appeal to Kejriwal to accept the high-grade Z-category security cover.

Top sources confirmed that a team from the security wing of the Delhi Police had met Kejriwal and briefed him about the threat while requesting him to accept the security cover.

It was not immediately clear what the response of the Delhi chief minister was in this regard.

Senior police officials said they were tipped off about the threat by intelligence agencies.

Kejriwal has been declining to take security cover in keeping with his party's policy to “end VIP culture in politics”.

Last week, the intelligence bureau had warned that Kejriwal could be targeted by water and tender mafia, which are feeling threatened because of his anti-corruption policies.

Such elements can seek the help of criminals of surrounding areas to target Delhi’s seventh and youngest CM, the alert had said.

Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde had last week confirmed Kejriwal was “getting security cover without his knowledge”.

Intelligence agencies have been getting wind of supposed IM plots to secure Yasin Bhatkal’s release.

Late last year, the army intelligence in Jammu & Kashmir had picked up chatter between terror modules that suggested the outfit was planning a hijacking to trade hostages for its top leader’s release.

The information spurred security agencies to tighten vigil in airports across the country. The alert was given top priority since India has suffered a similar hijacking in 1999, when three top terrorists were set free to secure the release of 177 passengers and crew of Indian Airlines flight IC-814.


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