A Kerala man was arrested on Monday morning after he allegedly drunk-dialled the police control room and issued a death threat to President Ram Nath Kovind, who is on a three-day visit to the state.
Jayaraman, who is reportedly a priest at Chirakkal temple in Thrissur, was taken into custody after he called up the police late on Sunday night and said that he would plant a bomb at an event the President is scheduled to take part in.
According to Thrissur town east police, Jayaraman called up the control room at around 11.30 pm on Sunday.
“He threatened to plant a bomb at St Thomas College in the city, where the President is scheduled to attend a function on Tuesday. With the help of Pavaratty police, we traced the number from which the call was made within hours and we took Jayaraman into custody in the morning," the police said.
The police believe that Jayaraman was under the influence of alcohol when he made the phone call. The police booked the priest under section 294 (b) (sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place) and section 506 (offence of criminal intimidation).
While Jayaraman has reportedly told the police that he was in an inebriated state when he made the call, the police is also investigating whether someone else made the call from Jayaraman’s number.
President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday evening in order to take part in the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Kerala Legislative Assembly scheduled to take place on Monday.
After taking part in the celebrations, the President will leave for Kochi, where he is expected to hold a meeting with the Chief Justice of Kerala High Court. On Tuesday, the President will attend the centenary celebrations at St Thomas College in Thrissur. Following this, he is scheduled to visit the Sree Krishna temple in Guruvayoor before heading back to Kochi, from where he will leave for New Delhi.