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Pak jail returnee, brother held for threatening to kill MP CM Shivraj Chouhan on Twitter

Jitendra Arjunwar (32), who recently returned to India after serving a jail term in Pakistan, said he was peeved with Shivraj Singh Chouhan for not helping him or his brother when he was in Pakistan prison.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2018 22:33 IST
Punya Priya Mitra
Punya Priya Mitra
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
Pak,Pakistan,Jail
Jitendra Arjunwar (32), who recently returned to India after serving a jail term in Pakistan, said he was peeved with Shivraj Singh Chouhan for not helping him or his brother when he was in Pakistan prison.(HT FILE PHOTO/REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

Bhopal Police on Thursday arrested two brothers, including a Pakistan jail returnee, for threatening to kill Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Twitter.

The Bhopal cyber cell arrested Jitendra Arjunwar (32), who recently returned to India after serving a jail term in Pakistan, and his brother Bharat (25) from Seoni district in the state.

The cell’s SP, Sudeep Goenka said on August 7, they had come across a tweet threatening to kill Chouhan.

“The tweet said that if Chouhan came with his Jan Ashirwad Yatra to Seoni, he would be killed,” he said.

Investigation revealed five similar tweets made between August 2 and 5 from an account created a month back. Apart from the threats, there were no other tweets.

“We got the account blocked and traced the account to Barghat village, Seoni, and arrested the two brothers who are now being questioned,” Goenka said.

According to sources, Jitendra Arjunwar, who is a sickle cell anaemia patient had inadvertently crossed the international border in Munabao, Rajasthan, and entered Khokhrapar area of Pakistan and had been arrested by the Pakistani Rangers. He spent nearly six years in a Pakistani jail and it was only due to sustained campaigning by human rights activists from both sides that he was released from Karachi jail and he returned to India in May this year.

SP Goenka said that Jitendra comes from a lower-middle class background and is unemployed at present. Though he has only studied till Class 5, Jitendra is tech-smart and knows the use of social media very well.

According to sources, during interrogation, Jitendra said that he was peeved with the chief minister as he had not helped him or his brother when he was in Pakistan prison.

He also alleged that some promises had been made to him by the administration when he returned to India, but they had not been kept, so he decided to threaten the CM in revenge.

Incidentally, Chouhan had visited Seoni with Jan Ashirvad yatra on August 7, but faced no incidents.

The brothers have been booked under sections 506, 507 of Indian Penal Code and section 66 and 66 C of the Information Technology Act. They do not have any criminal record and neither any affiliation with any organisation, the SP said.

First Published: Aug 09, 2018 22:29 IST