A purported ISIS threat letter with ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ written on it was recovered from the Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. Written in Hindi, the letter warned about the launch of a massive attack in the Poorvanchal district – ‘Bach Sakte ho toh Bacho'( Save yourself if you can). What makes this letter crucial is that it has been recovered from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency. During the election period, Prime Minister had spent three days canvassing vigorously in the city throwing all caution to the winds and riding in an open-top car through the streets. Last year, a letter signed by the Islamic state of Iraq and the ISIS was sent to the Indian State Secretariat. The letter was a warning sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the ban on beef in some states of the country. The letter also aimed to threaten former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. This new letter has served an open challenge for the newly-elected Chief Minister to combat violence.
“Pakistan Zindabad, 24/3/17 ko Poorvanchal mei tabahi. Bach Sakte ho toh Bacho”, the letter read.(Massive attack in Poorvanchal on 24/3/17. Save yourself if you can.)
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A case has been registered against the unknown people by the police and an investigation has been launched. Meanwhile, Asheesh Tiwari, SP Rural said, “Got purported ISIS threat letter last night. 5-6 similar letters found on road in Mirza Murad area; investigation is on.”
Police and intelligence agencies have taken the threats in the letter seriously, keeping in mind two previous blasts that happened in Uttar Pradesh. Also, a few weeks ago there was the case of a lone gunman in a gunfight against the Lucknow police – his group had also bombed an Indian Railways train in Madhya Pradesh.
The current threat letter has been received three days after the coronation of BJP fireband leader Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.