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NIA initiates probe into email claiming assassination bid on PM Modi, 20 attacks in major cities

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has received this threatening e-mail, who will investigate the issue, say intelligence sources

Somendra Sharma | Updated on: Friday, April 01, 2022, 04:36 PM IST

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has initiated a probe into an email claiming that 20 sleeper cells with 20 kilograms of RDX have been activated in a bid to assassinate PM Narendra Modi. The email also claimed that 20 big attacks have been planned in major cities. The NIA is verifying the claims made in the email. On Thursday, 12 kilograms of RDX were confiscated by Rajasthan Police from Jaipur, with plans for serial bomb blasts. The NIA officials also did not reveal which agency or organisation had received the said email and that the Mumbai Branch of the NIA is tasked to probe the email.

According to the part of the contents of the email believed to have been sent in February this year, accessed by the Free Press Journal, there was a threat to PM Modi and citizens of India from terrorist elements. The emailer had claimed that he was in possession of more than 20 kilograms of RDX and there was a plan to carry out 20 big attacks in major cities of India. The emailer expressed his anger toward the PM and threatened to kill more than 20 million people in the country. The emailer also claimed that he had met some terrorists and they were going to help him with the RDX. The emailer said that 20 sleeper cells were being activated to carry out the attacks. The emailer also dared the agencies to stop him.

"We are checking the claims made in the email," said an NIA official, refusing to comment further.

The information about the said email comes a day after the Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh police in a joint operation had arrested three suspected terrorists identified as Zubair, Altmas and Sarfuddin alias Saifullah, in Nimbahera locality, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. The police team had also confiscated 10kg RDX, bomb-making materials, and a timer from the car of the accused. The police claimed that the accused were conspiring to carry out serial blasts in Jaipur. A preliminary probe has revealed that the three arrested men are connected with a group named Al Sufa.

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Published on: Friday, April 01, 2022, 04:36 PM IST