The Kannur town police arrested a 32-year-old man for allegedly issuing a death threat over the phone to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
The accused is identified as Vijesh, who claims to a hardcore RSS worker. According to police officials, Vijesh made a call to the CPI (M) district office in Kannur on Sunday and allegedly issued a death threat against the CM.
“He says he is an ardent follower of the RSS. He made a phone call on Sunday to the CPI (M) district office in Kannur. CPI (M) Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan received the call and Vijesh then issued a death threat against the CM,” said Sreejith Koderi, SI, Kannur Town Police.
Police officials also said that Vijesh allegedly made the death threat in the excitement of learning about BJP’s sweeping victory in Tripura.
“He has admitted to the police officials that he made the call after he watched the results of Tripura Assembly Polls. An ardent follower of RSS, Vijesh was excited by the BJP’s sweeping victory and in a frenzy made a threat call against the CM,” said Sreejith Koderi.
The police officials after receiving the information from the Kannur CPI (M) district office was on the lookout for Vijesh since Sunday. The officials finally nabbed him on Monday evening at Kasaragod railway station.
“We nabbed him on Monday from the Kasaragod railway station and he is now under our custody. He will be produced in the court today,” added the police officer.
The police have registered a case against Vijesh under IPC Section 506 (1) (criminal intimidation) and under IT Act.
Many such instances have been reported earlier. In December 2017, an anonymous person made a similar call issuing death threat against the CM. The Thrissur Town East Police had registered a case then and traced the phone call to Palakkad.
In another instance a youth was arrested in April 2017 for issuing a death threat in a Facebook post that he shared. The accused was identified as Akhil Krishanan, a 22-year-old, who is suspected to be a BJP activist.