LS member fears life threat from Maoists, seeks security

A JD(U) member today said in the Lok Sabha that Maoists were reportedly planning to assassinate him and sought adequate protection, prompting Speaker Meira Kumar to direct government take appropriate action urgently.

New Delhi: A JD(U) member today said in the
Lok Sabha that Maoists were reportedly planning to assassinate
him and sought adequate protection, prompting Speaker Meira Kumar to direct government take appropriate action urgently.

Sushil Kumar Singh, representing Aurangabad constituency
in Bihar, said that media had reported two days back about
Maoists` plan to kill him, triggering chants of "shame, shame"
from NDA benches.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Singh said it was his
duty, as a representative of the people, to visit his
constituency and he feared for his life as his area was
Naxal-hit.

"I seek security so that I, as a public servant, can
perform my duties without any fear," he said.
Singh said even Delhi was not safe as Maoists have
influence here too.

Members from his party as also allies BJP, Shiv Sena and
Akali Dal, supported him.

BJP leader M M Joshi said since Minister of State for
Home Ajay Maken was present in the House, he should respond.
Maken said if Singh or any other member felt threatened,
they could write to the Home Ministry which would then get an
inquiry carried out by security agencies.
"Without agency input, we cannot take any decision," he
said. This triggered protests from NDA members.

Joshi said it was the Minister`s duty to provide security
and if he was unable to do so, he should resign.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V
Narayanasamy defended Maken, saying he will have to ascertain
facts.

However, NDA members continued their protests and demanded
Chair`s intervention.
The Speaker said the security of members was a matter of
concern to her and those feeling threatened should be provided
security. "Whatever action government has to be taken, should
be taken urgently," she said.

This pacified the agitated members.
Earlier, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav expressed concern over
spread of naxalism and said they were targeting political
activists.

PTI

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