Karnataka minister’s security beefed up after threat call


Karnataka Sports and Fisheries Minister K. Abhaychandra Jain’s security was beefed up a day after he reportedly received a threat to his life from a person claiming to be a gangster, police said.

“We have deployed additional personnel at Jain’s residence and office besides providing more security men after he filed a complaint about the threat call on his mobile phone on Saturday,” Mangaluru Police Commissioner S. Murugan said.

Accusing Jain of being involved in the murder of Bajrang Dal activist Prashant Poojary at Moodbidri on 9 October, the ‘gangster’ had threatened him with dire consequences.

He also told Jain that as Forests and Environment Minister Ramanath Rai was also involved in the murder, he too would not be spared.

Jain also briefed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister K.J. George about the threat call and sought more protection.

Murugan said that an FIR had been lodged on the basis of the minister’s complaint and investigations are on. “We are going his call records to find from where and which number the accused had called and verifying its voice content.

“Since we have arrested nine people in connection with Poojary’s murder so far, we will also interrogate them to ascertain if they know the caller and track him down as we are monitoring calls being made among the suspects,” he said.

Poojary, a flower vendor, was hacked to death by six motorbike-borne men on 9 October for seizing a goods vehicle transporting cows to an illegal slaughterhouse in the town.

“Though the situation in the city and town is normal, we are maintaining strict vigil and monitoring of people and vehicles to ensure law and order,” Murugan added.