Letter cautions French president on India visit: Bengaluru Police

| Friday, January 22, 2016 - 17:06
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French President Fancois Hollande

Letter cautions French president on India visit: Bengaluru Police

Bengaluru: A letter allegedly conveying Al Qaeda's warning to French President Francois Hollande not to visit India for the coming Republic Day parade has been received here, Bengaluru Police said on Thursday.

Bengaluru police registered a case on January 14 under the Indian Penal Code after court permission since it is a non-congnisable offence, Additional Commissioner of Police (East) Charan Reddy said. 

"The letter - which ends with words 'Al Qaeda' - was received by the French consulate here and handed over to the Highgrounds police station on January 11," he said. The case was registered at the Highgrounds police station.

The single page letter, with an Indian map in the background, contains three lines in the English language, warning French President Francois Hollande not to participate in the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on January 26.

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The letter also contains a warning to the French people in unstructured English. The police officer said that the letter's address indicated it was posted in Chennai in Tamil Nadu. "A police team sent to Chennai found the address mentioned on the envelope to be non-existent," Reddy said.

The ACP said security at the consulate was beefed up after the recent Paris terror attacks. The consulate did not respond to attempts to elicit comments on the threat letter. Security in Delhi has been tightened to "an unprecedented level" ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, official sources said earlier.

Chief guest Hollande will watch the Republic Day parade on Rajpath, where President Pranab Mukherjee will take the salute at the parade. The French president's visit to India comes over two months after the terror attacks in Paris in which 130 people were killed.

Meanwhile, Goa Police are investigating a letter received at the secretariat in Panaji on January 14, which threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for allegedly pursuing anti-beef policies. 'IS' was scribbled on the threat letter.


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