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Plot to kill Cong MP in Punjab?

Wednesday, 20 January 2010 - 7:52pm IST | Place: Chandigarh | Agency: PTI
A Congress member of lok sabha today claimed security agencies have intercepted a phone call purportedly from Pakistan ordering a person in the state to eliminate him.

A Congress member of lok sabha today claimed security agencies have intercepted a phone call purportedly from Pakistan ordering a person in the state to eliminate him.

Ravneet Singh Bittu, MP from Anandpur Sahib constituency and grandson of former state chief minister late Beant Singh who was killed in a terror attack in 1995, said today that "intelligence agencies recently intercepted the call which was said to have been made from across the border".

"The call was received by a person who remains unidentified. This person told the caller that he had been following me during various public functions that I addressed recently in Ropar and Anandpur Sahib", Bittu said.

The caller, who had made the call from Pakistan side, rebuked his contact "who told him that he had come very close to me during one function and could have very easily killed me but did not carry out the attack on me on that particular day," Bittu claimed.

The Congress MP, who is a member of Parliament's standing committee on Home, said he had learnt about the call after it was "intercepted by our intelligence agencies".

"A senior intelligence official from Punjab came to my Chandigarh residence and narrated details of the incident to me," Bittu said.

He said the unidentified person had been trailing him for quite sometime "as was evident by the details he gave to his Pakistani contact".

"The Pakistani contact told him that he had let go of a golden opportunity by not targeting me (Bittu) as being the grandson of Beant Singh (whose government was credited with stamping out militancy in Punjab in 1980s) as the attack would have created a big scare besides emboldening the terror elements," Bittu said.




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