Bomb threat to Jayalalitha campaign …

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Just days after she said that she was using chopper for election campaign due to threat factor, AIADMK general secretary and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s claim has proved true, as a ‘bomb-threat’ letter has been received for her proposed rally in Arakkonam.

According to reports from the town in neighbouring Vellore district, the police have launched an investigation into the anonymous letter.

The letter, it is said, stated that four persons, all belonging to Arakkonam, were planning to hurl bombs at Jayalalithaa during her election campaign in Arakkonam Constituency.

The letter has been received by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Arakkonam A Kannappan. It was posted from Arakkonam itself, on 29 March.

According to Kannappan, the letter said: ‘Venkatesan, his wife Indira, Seetharam and Sethapathy will throw bombs at the Chief Minister during her election campaign.’

Stating that the letter was written in English and addressed to him, the DSP said it was written in the name of Venkatesan’s younger brother Gangadharan of Melmaruvathur, an employee of Southern Railways.

Inspector of Arakkonam Town Station P Dellybabu registered a case under section 177 and 127 of IPC and began an investigation. Police said that there was some property dispute in the family and this could have been the reason behind the letter. However, they are probing all possible angles, they said.

Speaking at her Madurai rally on Friday, Jayalalithaa said that threat to her life forced her to prefer air travel for election campaign. She said she also opted for this mode of transport due to paucity of time and to lessen the burden of police force.

Today, the AIADMK supremo will tour Pollachi and Coimbatore. She will campaign at Namakkal and Salem on 3 April, Thanjavur and Trichy on 5 April, Arakkonam and Thiruvallur on 8 April, Nilgiris on 10 April, Tirunelveli on 11 April, Karur and Perambalur on 13 April, Arani and Vellore on 15 April, Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri on 17 April and Central Chennai and North Chennai on 19 April. The AIADMK supremo will wind up her whirlwind campaign tour on 21 April at Alandur in South Chennai constituency.

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