BJP national vice-president Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda received a death threat this week, in which the caller threatened to assassinate the leader along the lines of Odisha minister Naba Das’s murder earlier this year.
The party, in a press release, said it lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police on Wednesday. “Whether this constitutes a real threat or was a juvenile prank is not possible for us to determine. Since such a message should not be taken lightly, a complaint with all details of the threat call has been lodged with the Delhi Police yesterday, who are investigating into the matter,” it said.
Panda, a prominent leader from Odisha, had quit the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in 2018 and joined the BJP in March 2019. Within a week, he was made the party’s vice president and spokesperson.
Odisha minister Naba Das had died on January 29 this year after he was shot in broad daylight by an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) at Brajarajnagar, where he had gone to attend an event. The ASI was believed to be suffering from a mental disorder.