PM Modi visit: Kerala Police arrests accused who wrote threat letter warning suicide bomb attack

The Kerala Police Saturday arrested the accused who wrote a letter threatening to launch a suicide bomb attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day Kerala visit starting tomorrow, news agency ANI reported.

While speaking to ANI, Kochi City Police Commissioner, K Sethu Raman said, “The person who sent the threat letter against the Prime Minister was arrested. Xavier, the accused was arrested yesterday. The reason is personal enmity. He wrote the letter to trap his neighbour. We found him with the help of forensics.”

The letter, purportedly written in Malayalam by a person in Kochi, was received at the office of BJP state president K Surendran, who in turn, handed it over to the police last week.

Initially, the police traced down a person named N K Johny, whose address had figured in the letter, which said Modi would face the fate of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Johny, a native of Kochi, denied having written the letter and alleged that a person who nursed a grudge against him was likely to be behind the assassination threat.

PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to flag off Kerala’s first Vande Bharat Express between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasargod at Thiruvananthapuram Central Station on April 25. He will also lay the foundation stone to projects worth more than Rs 3,200 crore.

As per an official release, Modi will dedicate the Kochi Water Metro to the nation. This one of its kind project connects 10 islands around Kochi through battery-operated electric hybrid boats for seamless connectivity with Kochi city, ANI reported.

Tight security has been put in place in Kerala ahead of his visit. Raman told ANI, “… 2060 policemen have been appointed for this purpose. As part of this, traffic control has also been imposed from 2 pm,” he added, news agency ANI reported.


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