Mumbai police said they boosted security for Indian central bank Governor Raghuram Rajan while investigating a death threat he received by e-mail.
The message was sent last month from an address that includes the name of terrorist group Islamic State, according to Press Trust of India, which cited police sources. A contract had been placed to kill Rajan, the report said.
“I can confirm that we have received a complaint from the RBI on the governor getting a threat mail,” Deven Bharti, the Mumbai police joint commissioner for law and order, said in a phone interview. “We have provided him adequate security,” he said, while declining to give details.
Central bank spokeswoman Alpana Killawala had no immediate comment. Rajan, who took over the Reserve Bank of India in September 2013, is currently in Washington to attend meetings of the International Monetary Fund.
The e-mail indicated that the killers might reconsider if Rajan paid them more than the contracted amount, according to PTI. Police suspect it was sent from a proxy server by Nigerians running a racket, it reported.