Political News, State, (Bengaluru), January 27:-Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday demanded that the state government should take serious note of an unsigned letter, threatening to kill 15 eminent people, including former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy.
The government should take the death threat seriously. The government should investigate into the matter and bring the criminals to book,” said Siddaramaiah said in a tweet.
He said those forces wanting to snatch away the freedom of expression by creating an atmosphere of fear should be punished.
The threat was made also to actors Prakash Raj and Chetan, and Lingayat seer Nijagunananda Swami. The letter was reportedly posted to the seer’s ashram in Belagavi and the 15 were reportedly dubbed as traitors.
Reacting to it, Kumaraswamy had said he would not stay quiet because of such threats. “I know who is behind it. Those belonging to BJP-linked organisations speak about terror activities of other community, while there are terrorists within. They do their activities carefully, Kumaraswamy had said.
Prakash Raj had also tweeted, A coward group’s letter threatening that they will eliminate NIJAGUNANANDA SWAMY. My name in the list too. Chalo #HumDekhenge.”
In another tweet, Siddaramaiah, who himself in advocate, said he would not take up Nalini Balakumar’s case who is facing sedition charges. His licence to practice was suspended long ago.
“However, I will support any advocate who takes up the case of the woman. Let there be no confusion about it,” Siddaramaiah said.
The placard with ‘free Kashmir’ message was held aloft by Nalini during a protest at UoM. (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)