Man held for SMS threat to kill Nitish Kumar

March 24th, 2009 - 11:18 am ICT by IANS  

Patna, March 24 (IANS) A man has been arrested for sending an SMS to a Janata Dal-United (JD-U) legislator, threatening to kill Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar within four days, police said Tuesday.
Manoj Kumar Singh, in his late 20s, was arrested late Monday in Banka district, Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana told IANS over phone. He is a resident of Alipur village in Banka, about 200 km from here.

Police are interrogating him and have begun investigations to ascertain the details behind the threat to kill Kumar, Rana said.

The police official said that Singh sent the SMS threatening to kill Kumar to JD-U legislator Bhudeo Choudhary’s cell phone Monday evening and demanded Rs.10 million from him.

Choudhary immediately informed Nitish Kumar, who ordered senior police officials to look into the matter. Police in Banka were alerted and Singh was arrested soon after, a senior police official said here.

Choudhary is the JD-U candidate from neighbouring Jamui parliamentary constituency in the Lok Sabha polls scheduled April-May.

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