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Maharashtra intelligence dept cautions police about threat to Sonu Nigam

When contacted, Nigam declined to comment clearly, saying: "I am as ambiguous (about the threat) as you are"

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Sonu Nigam
Sonu Nigam

The (SID) has cautioned about a threat to the life of Bollywood singer-actor Sonu Nigam, with a possible plan to eliminate him, a top official said on Tuesday.

"We have monitored and sent intelligence to the that Nigam could be a target. It will be their responsibility to act further in the matter," a top SID official requesting anonymity told IANS.

The advisory has also been sent to the VIP Protection Branch about the danger to the singer's life in a public place or an event or a promotional function.

A police official from the Protection Branch, however, declined to comment on what level of security had now been provided to Nigam and for how long, or what kind of individuals or groups posed a threat to him.

When contacted, Nigam declined to comment clearly, saying: "I am as ambiguous (about the threat) as you are."

In April 2017, the singer had come under fire from various organisations after he made a comment that the Muslims' prayer call "Azaan" disturbed his sleep.

Following a huge controversy over what he said was "forced religiousness" in India, Nigam claimed he was only referring to the use of loudspeakers for Azaan.

As the fracas continued, a West Bengal Muslim cleric announced a Rs.10 lakh reward for anyone who would shave Nigam's head.

The singer accepted the challenge and voluntarily tonsured his head after offering to apologise to Muslims for hurting their religious sentiments.

First Published: Tue, February 06 2018. 21:18 IST
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