Former MP Home Minister Himmat Kothari receives threat call

Former MP Home Min Kothari claims to received phone call from Saudi Arabia threatening to kill him.

Updated: Sep 13, 2010, 20:34 PM IST

Ratlam: Former Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Himmat Kothari on Monday claimed he has received a phone call from Saudi Arabia threatening to kill him.

“A call came on my cellphone around 10 pm yesterday and when I received it, an unknown caller using abusive language threatened to kill me," the BJP leader said.

"Your government had beaten up our Muslim people during the recent communal violence in Ratlam. You have played an important role in it. So, we will not leave you," the caller spoke over cellphone, Kothari claimed adding that he soon disconnected the call.
The call came from 966591359315, Kothari who was the Home and Transport Minister during the previous stint of Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government, said.

The BJP leader said he has already lodged a complaint in this regard with senior police officials, including Madhya Pradesh Director General of Police S K Raut, last night. He said he has also written a letter to Chouhan in this regard.
Ratlam Superintendent of Police Mayank Jain said that the call came from the telephone number of a private company based in Saudi Arabia.

Taking action on the complaint, a gunman has been deployed to ensure Kothari`s security as a precautionary measure, Jain said.

Further investigation into the matter was on, he said.

PTI