After a police complaint was lodged about the social activist's office receiving death threats, cops picked up Bhimrao Mule (35) from Usmanabad
Usmanabad and Parner police have detained Bhimrao Mule (35), an NCP worker who allegedly gave death threats to anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on April 16, after Hazare openly opposed the candidature of NCP leader Padmasinh Patil from Usmanabad.
Anna Hazare has been opposing NCP’s Padmasinh Patil’s candidature from Usmanabad
Police investigations revealed that Mule was in an inebriated state when, in the presence of a few of his friends, he called up Anna’s office number and threatened to kill him. On Sunday, Hazare’s lawyer Milind Pawar had written to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Home Minister RR Patil, demanding upgrading Anna’s security from Z to Z+ grade, considering the challenge Hazare has posed to NCP’s Padmasinh Patil, an accused in the 2003 murder case of Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar, and also accused in a conspiracy to kill Hazare in 2009.
The activist had recently announced that he’d go on a fast protest against Patil’s candidature in Usmanabad, but local electoral officials denied him permission. Usmanabad SP Sachin Patil said, “After receiving the mobile number details, our police team along with Parner police officials reached Lohare taluka in Usmanabad from where the suspect had made the calls. We have taken him into custody and he is being questioned.”
“Primary investigation revealed that the suspect is a jeep driver and his vehicle was being used in a political party’s election campaigning. We are still to verify all the information given by him to arrive at any conclusion. We have not arrested him yet,” SP Patil said.
“The suspect has confessed to making the threat calls on April 16 while he was drunk with his friends. A non-cognisable offence has been registered,” SP Patil added.
Advocate Pawar said that after Anna’s opposition to Padmasinh Patil’s candidature, several threat calls were received on the landline number of Anna’s office. The caller had said that he would make Anna meet the same fate as that of anti-superstition crusader Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Pune, if the distribution of pamphlets against Patil was not stopped in Usmanabad.
Nationalist Congress Party candidate Padmasinh Patil was accused in the murder case of his cousin and Congress leader Pavanraje Nimbalkar in June 2003. After Anna Hazare’s agitation, Patil – then a cabinet minister in state government – was indicted by the PB Sawant Commission in the case related to corrupt practices in Terna cooperative sugar factory. Padmasinh Patil had to resign in 2005.