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Man held for threatening PM, Sonia Gandhi

india Updated: Sep 26, 2009 10:17 IST
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A man has been arrested from a Jharkhand village for allegedly issuing threat letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister P. Chidambaram, police said on Saturday.

Dhananjay Kumar Mehta was arrested in Narayanpur village of Latehar district, 145 km from state capital Ranchi, Friday. A pistol, some live cartridges and other documents were found in his possession, the police claimed.

"Mehta issued threat letters to PM, Sonia Gandhi and Chidamabaram in July this year. He was also issuing press releases in name of Abhayji, who is zonal commander of CPI-Maoist (Communist Party of India-Maoist). He got a letter pad of CPI-Maoist printed," a senior police officer told IANS.

"Mehta had called a five-day strike in Palamau region of the state by issuing a press release," the officer added.

The threat letter issued to Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi said: "Both PM and Sonia Gandhi will meet their fate like former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi."

"We are interrogating Mehta to ascertain why he issued such letters and press releases," another police officer said.