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Jayalalithaa receives death threats
By S. Selvakumar
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram has received a death threat through a letter sent by post, purportedly by the international terror outfit Al-Qaeda, Chennai based Tamil dailies reported.
The letter has been date stamped in a Chennai Post Office.
The letter written in English has also been copied to the head of the Kuruvayoor Police Station.
Tamil dailies said a similar letter has also been addressed to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. In addition to death threats to the two chief ministers the letter has also threatened to blast the famous Kuruvayoor Sri Krishna Kovil and Sri Padmanaba Swami Kovil, both situated in the Kerala State.
On receipt of the letter, a posse of fully armed policemen headed by high ranking officials and bomb disposal squads rushed to the two ancient sprawling kovils and conducted thorough search operations but drew a blank. Following the letter, both kovils have been provided with elite security arrangements. All worshippers have been body searched.
Security has also been tightened in the offices and residences of the two chief ministers.
In one of the kovils, Sri Padmanaba Swami, a secret room said to contain a treasure trove was opened last month after a lapse of 150 years on the orders of the Kerala government. Hundreds of kilos of gold and a collection of rare diamond jewellery worth billions of rupees were found inside the secret room and thereafter security was heightened in and around the kovil. Indian archaeologists traced the invaluable findings to the families of ancient kings who ruled South India over 200 years ago.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Police have started investigations to find what organisation in Tamil Nadu operates under the name of Al-Qaeda.