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Youth arrested over threat call to Delhi CM

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May 10, 2010 09:44 IST
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A 25-year-old man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly making a threatening call to the police claiming that Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's life was in danger. Veer Singh, a resident of Farsh Vihar in the national capital, was arrested for making a call to the police control room on Thursday evening, claiming that Dikshit's life was in danger, the police said on Saturday.

Singh, who was working in a shop that sells purses in Delhi, used an MTNL number bought by one Mahendar to make the call. The MTNL number was bought from Ram Hello Point mobile shop in Narela. Mahendar did not like the number and returned it to the shop, from where Singh allegedly managed to steal it.

Singh made the call to the police control room primarily to implicate a lender to whom he owed Rs 20,000, said the police.

"After making the call to the police control room, he also gave a missed call to the lender (to whom he owed money), thinking that the latter will be caught," said the police.

During technical surveillance by the police, it was found that Singh made the call to the control room, they said. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the IT Act and Indian Penal Code's sections 506 and 509. The police had on Friday said that a 'mentally stressed' elderly woman made the call as she was angry over the rise in prices of essential goods.

The police had said that they traced the caller, who is in her sixties, detained her and let her off after questioning. An anonymous call was made to the police control room by someone whose voice sounded like that of a 'middle-aged woman's' on Thursday evening, claiming that Dikshit's life was in danger for the next 72 hours.

Following the call, the city police strengthened the security of the chief minister, who has a 'Z+' cover. More security personnel were also deployed at her 3 Motilal Nehru Marg residence.

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