Ranchi, 28 May-2014, TNN: Jharkhand’s director general of police Rajiv Kumar on Tuesday night received an SMS threatening to kill him and chief minister Hemant Soren if the anti-Naxalite operations in the state is not called off immediately. Jharkhand is one of the worst Maoist-hit states in the country and police have been engaged in anti-Red operations across the 24 districts.
“I have received the SMS threatening to kill me and the chief minister. Prima-facie it does not appear to be a hoax SMS,” said DGP Kumar.
The SMS sent from 918407092840 read: “Rajiv Kumar DGP stop naxal operation or I kill U and ur CM Hemant Soren” (sic). DGP Kumar, who forwarded the SMS to TOI, said: “I am not afraid of the threat and Jharkhand police will continue to carry out the anti-Maoist operations in the state.” He further said, “In fact the operations would be intensified against them.”
A couple of weeks ago, Kumar led an anti-Maoist operation in Saranda, the erstwhile headquarters of the Eastern Regional Bureau of the CPI (Maoists), in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand.
The DGP has asked special branch of police to find out the source of the threat call. A source in the special branch said the number suggests that the message has been sent from Andhra Pradesh. “However, unless the matter it is properly investigated, we can not make a comment,” said a source in special branch.
Ever since he took charge in early 2013, Kumar has carrying out various anti-Naxalite operations in Jharkhand.