Ranchi : Jharkhand police Sunday said they were unaware of any death threat issued to Indian cricketers by Maoist rebels.
A news channel has claimed that Maoist guerrillas have issued death threat to Indian cricketers like skipper Rahul Dravid, wicket-keeper and local boy Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sharad Pawar besides other board officials "since cricket is a game of the elite class and cricketers lead a lavish life".
"We have no information regarding any threat to Indian cricketers, including Dhoni. Unless we get any letter or pamphlets we cannot say anything," Jharkhand Director General of Police (DGP) J.B. Mahapatra told IANS here.
Asked whether security of Dhoni would be beefed up, he said: "First let us get such information, only then we will do the needful".
Chief Minister Madhu Koda has asked the intelligence officials to probe the threat. "If needed, security of Dhoni will be beefed up," he told reporters here.
State intelligence officials are baffled by the news of Maoist threat to cricketers.
"Till now Maoist rebels have not indulged in such kind of threats. However, they issue threats to police and politicians on a regular basis," said an official of the state intelligence department.