Madhya Pradesh police are probing the Balaghat accident involving the escort vehicle of Deputy Speaker Hina Kawre from various angles, after the Congress leader claimed that she had received letters threatening to kill her if she fails to pay Rs 20 lakh.
Kawre, who escaped unhurt in the accident, however, dubbed it as a "mishap" even as she acknowledged the threat to her life.
Balaghat superintendent of police A Jaydevan also said it appears that the letters were not penned by naxals, but by an "anti-social element", and were posted from the district.
The letters threatened to "blow up" Kawre if she fails to pay the money, he said.
Balaghat, the home district of Kawre, borders naxal-hit districts of Rajnandgaon and Gondia in Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, respectively.
"Subsequently, Kawre had lodged a complaint with the police on January 3 and January 12," Jaydevan said.
Balaghat Inspector General of Police (IGP) KP Venkateshwar Rao said the police are probing the accident from all angles.
The escort vehicle had met with the accident near Saleteka village at 12.30 am when Kawre was returning from her constituency Lanjhi in Balgahat in a car while the security personnel were in another four-wheeler behind her vehicle.
She escaped unhurt as her driver turned the car towards a field when he saw the trawler-truck speeding straight towards their vehicle from the opposite direction, the SP said.
However, the truck hit the police escort vehicle which was tailing the deputy speaker's car and then overturned, he said.
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