Two persons were arrested after several Whatsapp messages were exchanged between the two, talking and planning to allegedly murder Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The minister paid a visit to Dharchula town in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, on Monday September 17.
“The accused were apparently drunk. We were alerted to the chat (about killing the minister) on a WhatsApp group at 9.30 pm on Sunday. We identified two persons between whom the chat was taking place and arrested them Monday morning ahead of the Defence Minister’s arrival here,” Pithoragarh SP Ramchandra Rajguru said.
Describing more about the controversial messages, police told that one of the message sent by one of the arrested duo read – “Main shoot karunga Sitharaman ko, kal uska akhiri din hoga. (‘I will shoot Sitharaman, tomorrow will be her last day’)
The two have been booked under Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 66 of the Information Technology (IT) Act.