Maharashtra BJP MLA Vijay Deshmukh allegedly received Ayodhya Ram Mandir bombing threat from PFI

Debjit Mukherjee: Days after a major crackdown on the extremist group Popular Front of India (PFI), a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Maharashtra Vijay Deshmukh allegedly received a ‘sar tan se juda’ threat from one of the PFI members. This comes just days after the Centre banned the extremist Islamic group for its anti-India activities and alleged links with terrorist groups such as ISIS and Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

According to the FIR, BJP MLA Vijaykumar Deshmukh has written a police complaint against an alleged PFI leader Mohd Shafi Birajdar, claiming that the latter threatened to decapitate him due to his angst over the government’s ban on the PFI.

The complaint further added that the PFI member has allegedly threatened to target prominent Hindu temples like Ayodhya Ram Mandir and Krishna Janmabhoomi mandir by suicide bombers. The accused also said that eminent politicians like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other leaders are on their radar.

Solapur police are investigating the veracity of the letter and the probe is on.