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BSP MLA from Uttar Pradesh claims threat from Dawood, police launch probe

BSP MLA Uma Shankar Singh claimed he received a mail with fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s photo demanding Rs 1 crore from him.

india Updated: Aug 12, 2018 16:56 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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Uma Shankar Singh is an MLA from Rasra in UP’s Ballia district.(Picture for representation)

Claiming threat to his life from underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, a BSP MLA from Ballia has lodged a complaint with police, which are probing the case.

“On August 6, I got a text message asking me to check my email. I did not take it seriously then and thought I would check it later, as at that time, I was in Delhi. Generally, I get emails from youngsters who send their biodata to me, so I thought I would check it some time later,” MLA Uma Shankar Singh told reporters in Lucknow on Sunday.

Singh is an MLA from Rasra in Ballia district. He said, two days later he got another message from the same number. “On August 8, I got a message from the same number which read ‘last warning, jeena yaa marna Rs 1 crore’,” he said.

“On checking the email, I saw a photograph of Dawood Ibrahim. The email also said ‘Uma Shankar, you are serving the people of Ballia. If you want to continue this, then give Rs 1 crore, else one bullet is enough for you. And we can kill you at any point of time’,” the legislator said.

The BSP MLA said, “When I checked the number on truecaller (a mobile application to detect the person handling a particular mobile number), it said Dawood Ibrahim.”

“Singh has lodged a police complaint in this regard and an FIR has been registered against unknown persons under various sections of IPC and IT Act for threatening him via text messages and email,” said SO Gomtinagar DP Tiwari.

First Published: Aug 12, 2018 16:56 IST