Mumbai, May 14 (KMS): The government in the Indian state of Maharashtra went into a tizzy as Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar got what is perceived as a “death threat’ on social media.
The NCP lodged a complaint with the Mumbai Police’s Cyber Cell.
The camouflaged threats in Marathi, referring to the NCP supremo says, “The time has come for the ‘Gandhi’ of Baramati And for Baramati to prepare a Nathuram Godse.” The tweet posted by @NikhilBhamre8 also exhorts Pawar: “Baramati Uncle, apologise”, though the context in which the threats were issued is unclear, but it was liked and tweeted by many in the last couple of days.
Taking serious cognisance, NCP’s Housing Minister Dr Jitendra Awhad lamented over the depths to which the situation has plummeted and asked the police to take strong action against the deranged person tweeting the threats. He also drew the attention of the Maharashtra Director General of Police, and Commissioners of Police of Mumbai, Thane, and Pune.
Expressing concern, Shiv Sena Spokesperson, Dr Manisha Kayande, in a veiled reference to BJP and RSS said there’s no need to guess which team is behind the threats to kill Pawar as “everyone knows who worships Godse”, and urged Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil to take serious note.
Congress state General Secretary Sachin Sawant said it is time for people to reflect “where the efforts of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Sangh Parivar to make the society violent and pervert, have pushed the country”. “Hatred and contempt are making the young people of today the future killers and I urge the government to act stringently against these perverts,” he said.
Shiv Sena leader and Minister of State, Kishore Tiwari said that exactly a month ago, a violent attack was carried out on the home of Pawar (April 8) by the hostile forces and sections of the police who are still loyal to the BJP.
NCP chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said that the party has lodged a complaint with the Cyber Police Cell seeking a probe while India Against Corruption President Hemant Patil demanded action against the persons who tweeted the threats.
Several other political leaders from the ruling Sena-NCP-Congress have also reacted besides condemnation on the social media networks over the threats to the 81-year old Pawar.