The security at the official residence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has been beefed up following a threat message received received on the WhatsApp number of UP Police. The message also threatened to blow up 50 other places in the state. 

News agency PTI quoted officials saying that security has been heightened at in and around the chief minister’s official residence, 5, Kalidas Marg in Lucknow. Residences of several other ministers and top-level bureaucrats are also situated at Kalidas Marg. 

Following the threat, police have launched an intensive checking and also deployed sniffer dogs in the service. PTI quoted officials saying that all-out efforts are being made to trace the culprit. 

This is the second death threat targeting the UP chief minister in the last two months. In May, a message was received by police, threatening to target the chief minister, following which a Mumbai resident, identified as Kamran, was traced with the help of social media desk.

Kamran Ameen, who had gave the threat by calling on the social media help desk of UP Police, was arrested by the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and was later handed over to their Uttra Pradesh counterparts. 

During interrogation, he revealed that he was promised Rs 1 crore for giving the threat. He, however, did not reveal who had offered him the amount. 

Adityanath has been the target of such threats ever since he became the chief minister of India’s most populated state. Earlier, the Intelligence Bureau had issued an alert regarding his security.  

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