Maharashtra Intelligence Receives Input on Threat to CM Eknath Shinde’s Life, Security Beefed Up


Intelligence Department in Maharashtra has received input on a possible threat to the life of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, following which his security has been beefed up.

Confirming the threat report, State Intelligence Commissioner Ashutosh Dumbre said it was received on Saturday evening, and “After specific information, we have taken necessary action and have increased the security of the chief minister.” This is the second time the chief minister received a death threat. Earlier, he claimed to have received threat letters from Maoists.

When asked about the death threat input, Shinde told the media, “I don’t pay attention to it. Our home dept and home minister Devendra Fadanavis are capabale, and we trust them. I won’t be scared of such threats, nobody can stop me from working for the public and I will continue to work for them,” reported ANI.

Shiv Sena leader Shinde already enjoys Z plus security cover, which has been further tightened on account of the threat. His private residence in Thane and his official residence ‘Varsha’ in the capital city Mumbai have also been put under tight security.

Shinde is scheduled to address his first Dussehra rally at MMRDA grounds in Mumbai on October 5.

Meanwhile, some Shiv Sainiks from Worli, the constituency of Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, proclaimed support to Shinde earlier in the day.

Shinde became Maharashtra Chief Minister in June this year after his rebellion which led to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray government.

(with inputs from PTI)

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