All it took was a WhatsApp ‘threat’ for UP police to take a 15-year-old away

The class 10 student is accused of allegedly threatening to 'blow up' CM Adityanath, family says he meant no harm


Uttar Pradesh police took a teenager away from his family and lodged him at a juvenile home allegedly over a threatening message he sent. According to news reports the officials traced an alleged “death threat” targeting UP Chief Minister Adityanath, to the teenager’s mobile phone. The 15-year-old boy is a class 10 student who lives in an Agra village with his family. According to police the boy had allegedly threatened to “blow up” the CM via a WhatsApp message sent on the state’s helpline number.

Noticing the “death threats,” a police man posted with the helpline team had filed an FIR for the alleged criminal intimidation. According to a report by The Indian Express, it took the police less than 24 hours to trace the message to the boy. The child was found and then taken away by the police on Sunday afternoon. However, his family had been unaware of the complaint until the police showed up, according to news reports, the boy’s family believes that he had meant no harm. They maintained that he was a well behaved teen, and a good student. He was probably just frustrated, or this was meant as a joke, said his family, upset that the child was taken away like a criminal.

Now, further investigations are reportedly underway, the police will also investigate if anyone else is also involved. According to another news report in the Jagran, the teenager has apparently said he was feeling angry about the “restrictions” created in the wake of the Covid-19pandemic. School was closed, and he was not allowed to play sports outside the house, all this led to frustration and resentment against the authorities, hence the messages. However, according to news reports the  Whatsapp messages have since been deleted but the police are now trying to recover them.

The Free Press Journal reported that this kind of arrest is not the first incident. And WhatsApp threats against the Chief Minister have also been reported in the past. According to FPJ, in May this year, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested an individual from Mumbai for threatening to kill UP CM Adityanath. The UP police’s social media help desk had received a WhatsApp message threatening a bomb blast. The message was traced to Mumbai, and the UP Police alerted the Maharashtra ATS.


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