Is Anna Hazare's life under threat?
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday approved Z+ security for social activist Anna Hazare, who has received a threat letter.
Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday accorded 'Z' category security to social activist Anna Hazare, who has received a threat letter.
"Anna Hazare has been accorded 'Z' category security from some time now. We have been conducting a security audit of Anna time-to-time and in spite of that he is receiving threat letters. Looking at all these threat letters being received by him, we have provided him two additional escorts and the security in his office and residence has been further heightened," Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde told PTI.
Police have taken cognisance of the latest threat letter received by the Gandhian and an inquiry is being conducted into the matter, he said.
"The government will leave no stone unturned to ensure he remains safe," Shinde said.
"The letter mentions name of one Mahadeo Panchal from Latur district and was posted from Osmanabad," Hazare's aide Datta Awari told PTI over phone from Parner.
10 days ago, Hazare received another threat letter which stated that he would be "bumped off" if he does not dissociate himself from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
A case was registered under IPC Section 506 (criminal intimidation) at Parner police station in Ahmednagar district, a police official from Parner had said.
"The letter was dated August 7 and is mostly written in English," the official said.
The letter warned Hazare that he will meet the fate of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, who was killed in Pune two years back.
The letter also asked the Gandhian to stay put in his native Ralegan Siddhi village, police said.
(With PTI inputs)