Like US, Panic Spreads as Indian Politicians Get “Thain Thain” Bomb Threats in Mail

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Like US, Panic Spreads as Indian Politicians Get “Thain Thain” Bomb Threats in Mail

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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t’s not just a scary time for politicians in the USA, where multiple suspicious packages carrying pipe bombs have been intercepted in the last couple of days. Highly placed sources in the home ministry are now saying a similar situation is playing out in India.

Apparently several politicians, criminals, and bureaucrats have approached the police in the last 20 hours claiming they have been receiving “thain-thain” audio clips on email and WhatsApp. “I haven’t seen my husband so nervous since that demonetisation night,” said the wife of a leading politician from Prayagraj, who received the messages while he was on the pot.

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