Consulate gets threat letter on Hollande visit

Consulate gets threat letter on Hollande visit

Ahead of French President Francois Hollande’s visit to Delhi to participate in the Republic Day function, the French Consulate in Bengaluru has received a threat letter, purportedly written by al-Qaeda, warning Hollande not to visit India.

Deputy Consul General of the Consulate filed a complaint with the High Grounds police on January 14, a day after the letter was received at their Vasanthnagar office.

The letter, posted from Chennai on January 11, stated: “France president is coming to India on Republic Day. He has seen our blood and should not visit India.”

A senior police officer told Deccan Herald on Thursday, “The three-line letter was computer generated and written in incoherent English. The text was typed on a paper which had India map in the background. It also featured Osama-bin-Laden’s photo and the name of the organisation which sent it as ‘al-Qaeda,’ typed next to his photo.”  “We are not taking any chances,” the officer added.

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