Bahraich (UP): The security of local BJP MLA
Sureshwar Singh has been stepped up after he received a letter
on Thursday threatening that he will be killed.
"It is a serious matter. The legislator`s security has
been tightened," Superintendent of Police Lalji Shukla said.
The MLA, considered to be a hardline Hindutva leader,
said he received the letter this afternoon through speed post.
"The letter, using a mix of Hindi and English, has
accused me of burning Muslim houses," Singh said.
The MLA said he has apprised the Assembly Speaker Sukhdev
Rajbhar and requested him to ensure that his security be
In 2008, some people said to be supporters of the MLA, had
torched over a dozen Muslim houses in a village in
Khairighat police station area and Singh was arrested for
inciting the locals.
The MLA said a mob had indulged in arson at local house
here on February 7 and a similar incident had taken place in
Lucknow last year while five contract killers were arrested
along with weapons in 1997.