Responding to the Delhi police claim on Sunday that the Indian Mujahideen is hatching a conspiracy to kidnap him, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said: “I am not afraid of my life. As I said, I strongly believe in God. Will not take any security. Is the Delhi Police so foolish or are they playing politics? At whose instance?” By disclosing the threat, “haven’t [the] police made me vulnerable. Now anyone can attack and it would be said that Bhatkal’s men did it.”
The police said they received intelligence inputs, indicating that the Indian Mujahideen is hatching the conspiracy to securing the release of one of its key operatives Yasin Bhatkal.
Bhatkal was arrested near the India-Nepal border in Bihar August last.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, he said: “Police officials met me in the afternoon, informed me about the threat. Asked me not to disclose it to the media. Then they themselves went [ahead] and told the media…Is the Delhi Police and the Central Government playing politics with my security?”
Confirming that such inputs had indeed been received, a senior officer of the Special Cell said the Chief Minister was immediately informed. “It is now up to the security wing to take further action. On several occasions, the unit has written to the Chief Minister, offering him Z-category security, and he has turned it down each time,” said the officer.
Bhatkal has been accused of playing a vital role in a series of terror attacks in different parts of the country.