Delhi: Extortion call to MLA`s son
New Delhi: An extortion call to son of a Congress MLA on Friday prompted party legislators in Delhi Assembly to demand police protection citing increased "threat perception" while having to deal with difficult situations in public interest.
The strong demand by the legislators came after senior MLA Jaswant Rana said in the assembly that his son received a call last week from an unknown person demanding Rs 50 lakh.
Following Rana`s demand for adequate security, a number of Congress MLAs also joined him in seeking police protection in the wake of "increased threat perception" and to carry out developmental works "fearlessly".
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said security of the MLAs was of "paramount importance" and the incident involving the legislator is being taken up with the police seriously.
"Whatever has happened with Jaswantji has been informed to police. We are taking up the issue seriously. The security for MLAs is of paramount importance," she said.
As number of Congress MLAs demanded "adequate security" for the legislators, Speaker Yoganand Shastri issued a direction to call Police Commissioner BK Gupta to the House to convey concerns of the MLAs.
"We will meet the Commissioner of Police and discuss the issue. The incident is a serious one and we must act on it," said Shastri.
Making a fervent appeal for providing personal security officers to the members of the assembly, LJP MLA from Matia Mahal Shohaib Iqbal claimed that his car was damaged by unknown people today when he was on way to the assembly.
Jungpura MLA Tarvinder Singh Marwah strongly demanded personal security officers for the MLAs, saying elected representatives are vulnerable to attacks from anti-social elements due to strong action taken against them.
"Iincidents similar to whay had happened with Ranaji had happened with others as well. The MLAs must be provided with adequate security," said Marwah.
Bawana MLA Surinder Kumar also made the same demand saying security must be provided to the legislators so that they can function "fearlessly".
The BJP MLAs were not present in the House as they were suspended from the assembly yesterday for three days for creating ruckus.
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