Hindu activist held for sending threat letters to over 15 Kannada writers, thinkerstext_fields
Bengaluru: The City Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Karnataka police has arrested a Hindu activist for sending threat letters to over 15 progressive Kannada writers and thinkers.
The accused Shivaji Rao Jadhav was arrested from Karnataka’s Davanagere district, police said on Saturday.
Jadhav had been writing the threat letters for the past two years, leading to the targeted authors meeting Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on multiple occasions demanding swift action.
In the letters, Jadhav threatened the victims, including K. Veerabhadrappa, B.L. Venu, Banjagere Jayaprakash, B.T. Lalita Naik, Vasundhara Bhupathi, for going against Hindutva, saying that they should count their last days.
The case was handed over to the Special Wing CCB, and experts of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) had found that all letters were written by the same person but posted from different districts and taluks.
As a result of the letters, state Home Minister Dr. G. Parameshwara had directed the police to provide suitable security to the authors.
While confessing to his crime, Jadhav claimed that he threatened the authors and thinkers due to their anti-Hindu stand.
The police produced him before the court and took him to 10 days of custody for interrogation.
The development was taken seriously after the murders of journalist Gauri Lankesh and activist-writer Prof. M.M. Kalburgi in Karnataka.
With inputs from IANS