BJP MLA Sangeet Singh Som, an accused in two cases related to the Muzaffarnagar riots, on Saturday said that he had received death threats from an anonymous caller claiming to be from Islamic State (IS).
Som, who has Z-category security cover, said he got the call on his cellphone around 9.30 am. It was answered by his personal assistant Vikas. The caller said he wanted to speak to the MLA, so the PA handed over the phone to Som.
“The caller said he was from the IS and that his boys have reached and they would kill me. The line got disconnected once, but he called again within two minutes and said they would blow me up even if I was sitting next to the Prime Minister. I immediately informed the police and filed a complaint,” said Som.
Som got the FIR lodged against unidentified person at Sardhana police station in Meerut. Charges included IPC sections 506 (criminal intimidation) and 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication), said SHO Meher Singh.
When contacted, Som said, “The caller spoke in Hindi and English. The number that flashed on my cellphone shows the call was made from Chile.”
The MLA from Meerut’s Sardhana constituency was provided Z security by the Centre in August last year following intelligence inputs about a threat to his life.
Som is an accused in two Muzaffarnagar riot cases. In one case, he was accused of delivering inflammatory speeches at a mahapanchayat, leading to riots. In the other, he was accused of sharing a video that provoked communal violence.
In 2013, a threat letter was received at the MLA’s house when Som was in jail. The letter, sent from Jammu, was written in Urdu. It reportedly threatened to kill the MLA, after his release from jail, along with his family by triggering a blast.
Som’s PA Vikas said that after informing police about the threatening call, only a deputy SP from the local intelligence unit had visited the MLA.