2 held for sending threat SMS to Kantabanji MLA

Bolangir: Two including husband of a local sarpanch were arrested on Sunday for allegedly sending sending threat SMS to Kantabanji MLA Ayub Khna in the name of Maoists.

The accused were identified as Umashankar Chhura and Sakalu Chhura of Chandatora under Sindhekela police station in Bolangir district. Umashankar is the husband of Chandatora sarapanch. The duo had also threatened Sindhekela police official earlier over phone.

Police suspected the duo might commit the crime after failing to get contract work.

“They were trying to get some contract work from a contractor. But when they failed to get, they threatened the MLA via SMS expecting work”, Sindhekela IIC Malaya Nayak said.

Sources said the legislator had received the SMS from an unknown number on November 23. The message reads that the MLA would be murdered within 10 days. ‘Maoist party’ was also written in the last line of the message.

He lodged a complaint with police on November 24.

Meanwhile, Bolangir ADM assured the MLA of security.