Indian Mujahideen planning to kidnap Kejriwal: Police

Jan 20, 2014, 10:33 IST | Agencies

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has reportedly been informed by the Delhi Police that terror outfit Indian Mujahideen plans to abduct him to demand the release of its co-founder Yaseen Bhatkal

New Delhi: Terror outfit Indian Mujahideen is planning to abduct Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to demand the release of its co-founder Yaseen Bhatkal, police said Sunday.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

"According to information from an intelligence agency, Kejriwal can be kidnapped by IM members, who are planning it in order to get co-founder Yaseen Bhatkal released," a police officer said.

Bhatkal is currently in custody of Karnataka Police in connection with the 2010 Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts. He was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in August 2013.

Yaseen Bhatkal
NIA personnel escort Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged founder of militant group Indian Mujahideen, at the Patiala House courts in New Delhi. Photo: AFP

Bhatkal is accused of being involved in many terror attacks across the country.

Police said a senior officer met Kejriwal Sunday to inform him about the threat and persuade him to accept high-grade security cover.

However, Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh told media persons that Kejriwal did not accept the police proposal.

All top party leaders will maintain their stand that they will not accept security cover, he said.

Kejriwal has been refusing to accept security cover in keeping with his party's policy to "end VIP culture in politics".

Last week, intelligence officials had warned that Kejriwal could be targeted by the water and tender mafia, which were feeling threatened because of his anti-corruption policies.

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