Threat Message to Tharoor: SIM Card Procured through Forged Documents

Malicious and threatening messages sent to Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor have been traced to a SIM card procured by an unknown man through forged documents in the name of a city gym trainer, said media reports.

As the number was tracked down to west Delhi’s Hari Nagar, police detained Manic Verma, the gym owner at the elite Constituion Club, reports said.

However, investigator termed him as an ‘innocent victim as of now’ and released him after lengthy interrogation, said reports.

The same number was utilized to sent a ‘filthy’ SMS to senior CPM polit bureau member Brinda Karat and Manic Verma, said reports citing unnamed sources.

During investigation, it was revealed that the number was procured using forged documents in the name of Verma, who resides in Hari Nagar, said reports.

The detention came following investigations after Tharoor’s Officer on Special Duty Jacob Joseph received an SMS last morning from the ‘henchmen’ of Karachi-based underworld don Dawood Ibrahim threatening the Minister to stay out of IPL Kochi team or face death.

Police had earlier received a complaint from Karat about a ‘filthy’ SMS to the Rajya Sabha MP and CPM Polit Bureau member, saying ‘you (Karat) are harming the country by your politics’.

Rajan Bhagat, Delhi Police spokesperson, said that separate cases were registered in connection with Tharoor and Karat after receiving complaints from them, reports said.

(Based on internet reports)

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