Firebrand BJP MP from Unnao Sakshi Maharaj on Monday said he had received death threats from terror group Islamic State. He is the second BJP leader after party MLA and accused in Muzaffarnagar riots case Sangeet Som to have received the threat.
Both the leaders received calls made from Chile in South America from the same number.
The caller, speaking in Hindi, claimed to be a member of Islamic State (IS) and threatened to blow Maharaj up.
The caller also told the MP that he was on the hitlist and that the IS informed its targets in advance.
The MP said he had received not one but five such calls -- first one on December 26, same day when Som got the call in western Uttar Pradesh. The latest one was made on Monday noon when Maharaj was at a public meeting.
“I even got a call when I was registering a case with the Unnao Police. I showed the number flashing on my cellphone to the police officers,” said Maharaj adding, “They refused to speak to the caller who abused me and threatened to blow me up.”
Maharaj said he had taken up the issue with governor Ram Naik who had shot off a letter to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav asking him to upgrade the MP’s security.
Maharaj, a four time MP and an accused in Babri mosque demolition, said he would also meet home minister Rajnath Singh and the party’s top leaders in this regard.
“This is a serious issue. The state government isn’t giving me proper security even after the governor has expressed his concern,” he said.
“Nowhere in the state except for Mathura I am given security at the local level, not even in my constituency. I am all alone in Unnao with a handful of my well-wishers,” he said.
ADG (law and order) Daljeet Singh Chowdhary said the antiterror squad (ATS) and special task force (STF) had been assigned to look into the threats. “We are at it and all precautions are being taken,” he said.