Ralegan-Siddhi, Maharashtra: Police have increased security for social activist Anna Hazare here in Maharashtra after a letter threatened him with death, an official said on Tuesday.
Developed as a model village by Hazare, Ralegan-Siddhi is around 235 km from Mumbai and 90 km from Pune. It is located in Ahmednagar district.
“We received a handwritten letter dated August 7 by post threatening that Hazare will be eliminated if he fails to dissociate himself from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” Hazare’s aide Datta Awari told IANS.
After blaming Hazare for the political growth of Kejriwal, the letter asked him to remain in Ralegan-Siddhi, and referred to rational activists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare who were killed recently.
“The time clock is waiting for you,” the letter warned. It was signed “N.G.V.M.” and purportedly sent from Nimgaonwagha in Ahmednagar district.
The 78-year old Hazare, who is finalizing plans to launch an all-India campaign in support of farmers, has not commented on the death threat.
His office has urged police to take stringent action against the person who wrote the letter.
The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.
“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.
His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.
The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.
“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.
Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.
“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.
Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”
He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.
A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.
The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.