Police on Friday arrested four persons in Kochi for sending e-mails threatening the prime minister and the president with death during their visit to the state. The prime minister is scheduled to arrive here for a two-day visit on Tuesday.
The mails, addressed to the state home secretary and a dozen top police officials, were later traced to a cyber café in Kochi. Police have taken the cyber café owner, Moideen, his wife and two employees into custody.
The mails are said to have carried the name of the Students’ Islamic Movement of India and contained references to Mohammed Afzal, who has been sentenced to death in Parliament attack case. They also mentioned the plight of Abdul Nasser Madhani, jailed for his role in the Coimbatore serial blasts. The mails said the prime minister and the president would be assassinated during their visit if Afzal and Madhani were not released immediately.
Director General of Police Raman Srivastava said: “We are questioning the arrested. Details cannot be divulged now.”