Mumbai: Maharashtra government has decided to
persuade social activist Anna Hazare to continue with the `Z` category security cover offered to him after he appeared reluctant to the idea.
"I will speak to him (Hazare). I will try to ensure that
he does not say no to the security (provided to him)," said
Home Minister R R Patil.
Police sources said there was no specific threat to
Hazare but the government did not want to take any chances.
"He has become a national icon now. People are listening
to his each and every word. Any untoward incident involving
him will create law and order problem in the state and the
nation," said a police official.
A few days ago, 74-year-old Hazare had said that freedom
fighters like Bhagat Singh and Rajguru did not have any
security. "Why do I need any security?" he asked.
Hazare, who held a 12-day fast in New Delhi demanding a
strong Lokpal Bill, also said he would write to the Home
Minister on the issue.