Cops Arrest 19-Year-Old Student From Pune For Threatening CM Shinde & Son

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A 19-year-old student from Pune was detained by the Mumbai Crime Branch on February 23 for reportedly threatening Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his son, MP Shrikant Shinde, over the social networking platform X. Subham Warkad, a Nanded native, is pursuing a Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) degree at Pune. He is a first-year student, and authorities are investigating his motive for making the threat.

Police said that a person identified as Abhay on February 11, posted on X “I want a photo with Eknath Shinde. I am thinking of starting hooliganism. I have little bit of experience and goons can guide me.” Replying to Abhay’s post from his own account, Warkad posted, “Bandook Me Anoon Deto bhau Tula Pan Pahila Game Eknath ani Shrikant Yanchach Karawa lagel (I will bring the gun brother, but you will have to first kill Eknath and Shrikant).”

After discovering the post on X, Mumbai police promptly forwarded it to the cyber police in order to track down the people openly discussing killing the Chief Minister and his son, according to a police officer. The Mumbai crime branch and anti-terrorism unit then sprung into action, tracing the accused’s IP address, which was linked to his Gmail ID, mobile number, and whereabouts. A squad from the crime intelligence unit then hurried to Pune and apprehended Warkad.

When police started to interrogate Warkad, he accepted posting threat message on X, said an official. On February 23 Warkad was brought to Santacruz Police Station and was booked under sections 505 (statements conducting public mischief) and 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

The matter has been forwarded to Crime Branch Unit 9 for further investigation. Warkad will be presented in court on February 24, said a senior official.