Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was sent an anonymous letter indicating a conspiracy to eliminate him, following which the state government has ordered an enquiry into the matter on Thursday.
The letter threatening to kill Patnaik was sent to his residence Naveen Niwas in Bhubaneswar. The Odisha police has launched an investigation into the matter, and the security at the strategic locations has beefed up in the city.
The letter written in English claimed that some contract killers, who are professional criminals with firearms may attack the chief minister anytime.The killers are equipped with latest weapons like AK-47, semi-automatic pistol, which have been brought to the state, according to news agency PTI.
The person who wrote the letter also claimed that the mastermind of the alleged conspiracy to terminate Patnaik lives in Nagpur, claimed the letter. The sender also gave out a detailed list of 17 cars with registration numbers of West Bengal, Punjab, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Delhi, and Maharashtra in which the contract killers are following Patnaik.
The Special Home Secretary Dr Santosh Bala has asked the state’s director general of police, director general of intelligence and Commissioner of Police of Bhubaneswar to investigate the
Matter. He said the security of the chief minister at his residence as well as the state secretariat during journey to various places would likely be assessed and further tightened. The chief minister, however, has Z plus security.
Earlier in September 2018, a similar threat was sent to Patnaik. A murder accused who was serving sentence in Bilaspur Central Jail in Chhattisgarh, had sent a letter demanding extortion money of Rs 50 crore from him. He also threatened him with dire consequences if he failed to pay the amount. Later, it was found that the man was charged with 40-odd cases pending against him, was psychopath.