Threat letter to ATS from ‘IS sympathiser’, cops suspect it’s hoax

The letter, allegedly sent by an alleged Islamic State (IS) sympathiser on January 6, has made death threats to the ACP of ATS, Pune, Bhanupratap Barge and his family.

Written by Nupur Karam | Mumbai | Published: January 14, 2016 5:09:55 am

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is learnt to have received a letter threatening a possible attack on its Mumbai and Pune units.

The letter, allegedly sent by an alleged Islamic State (IS) sympathiser on January 6, has made death threats to the ACP of ATS, Pune, Bhanupratap Barge and his family. The letter was also forwarded to the Mumbai Police Commissionerate. Sources, however, suspect it to be a hoax.

While Barge declined to comment on the matter, since it is under investigation, sources close to him said he hadn’t asked for police protection.

Last month, the Pune division of the ATS arrested a 16-year old girl who was planning to join the IS. The girl developed an interest in the radical outfit through the internet around August last year.

Subsequently, ACP Barge said they were in the process of “de-radicalising” her, with the help of her family and Islamic clerics.

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