A letter threatening to kill Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is leading the country-wide Bharat Jodo Yatra, was sent to a shop in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
The letter, sent via post to a sweet shop in Juni area of Indore, mentioned the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and threatened to shoot Rahul and former chief minister Kamal Nath when the yatra reaches the city.
Rahul-led yatra, which began from Kanyakumari, is scheduled to reach Indore on November 24.
The sweet shop owner claimed that he received the letter from an unknown person and handed it over to the police after reading it.
The Indore Police are investigating the validity of the letter. “We are investigating the matter. We are also interrogating staff at the local post office. At the same time, we are also scanning CCTV footage to ascertain the identity of the person who left the letter at the shop,” said DCP (Intelligence) Rajat Saklecha.
According to the letter, it has the name of BJP’s Ratlam City MLA Chetan Kashyap under the sender column and has been signed by one Gyan Singh along with a mobile number which was switched off when The New Indian tried to reach out.
On being asked about the involvement of the MLA, officer Saklecha said, “The letter contains serious and sensitive content. Nothing can be said about it without further investigation.”
The letter starts with the words ‘Satiguru Prasadi’ and contains three photos along with a couplet reading: sant sharan jo jan pare so jan udaranhar sant ki ninda nanaka bahur bahur avatar.
Nearly 2800 Sikhs were killed in widespread violence that ensued after the killing of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in Delhi in October 1984.
Congress leader Kamal Nath is accused of giving shelter to five people accused of killing innocent Sikhs in Delhi.
In 2019, the Union home ministry set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the riots.