A textile worker from Gujarat’s Surat city was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly threatening to blow up Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, according to a police official.
Ankit Mishra, a Bihar native in his late 20s, was arrested in the city’s Laskana area and handed over to Bihar police for further investigation, according to Lalit Vagadiya, an inspector with the Surat crime branch.
On March 20, a person called a Patna-based news channel’s office and claimed that he would blow up CM Nitish Kumar in the next 36 hours.
A formal complaint in this regard was lodged at the Sachivalaya police station in Bihar’s capital Patna, said Vagadiya.
“Technical surveillance by Bihar police revealed that the call was made from Surat, following which Bihar police sought the help of Surat police to nab the culprit.” We finally managed to nab the caller, identified as Ankit Mishra. He has been handed over to Patna police,” said the official.
“Primary investigations by Surat police revealed that Mishra is a native of Bihar and has been working as a labourer in a powerloom factory in the city’s Laskana area for the past six years,” said Vagadiya, adding that Bihar police will investigate to find out why he made the threat call.
An official said on Tuesday that security was increased at Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s home and office in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city after a man made three phone calls threatening to harm the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader if Rs 10 crore was not paid to him.