Visakhapatnam: A woman has been arrested at Anakapalle in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday after she allegedly sent messages to top public officials and ministers along with some of the police officers in Andhra Pradesh warning of bombs in a bank and in EVM strongrooms across the state.

As per the report by The Hindu newspaper, the woman sent messages to top officials including Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, opposition leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Superintendent of Police, Guntur (Urban) warning of a bomb planted in a bank and in strong rooms where ballot boxes and EVMs were kept. She also mentioned in the messages that a State-wide bandh would be called.

According to the reports, the woman, identified as R Sriranjani (40) is a community activist in Velugu which is a poverty alleviation initiative by the state government.

The activist is learned to have been upset over the alleged delay in the release of the funds related to government schemes by a bank. She planned the bomb hoax using a stolen SIM Card and a mobile phone, bought on a fake address. The manager of the Grameena Vikas Bank, Kiran Kumar also received the message regarding a bomb in the bank following which he alerted the police. He later filed a complaint with the police.

Cases have been registered against the woman for theft and forgery, and also under Information Technology Act sections. The accused was detained by the police on Wednesday and will be produced in front of a local magistrate on Thursday.

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