Shridhar Pandhare claimed that his uncle was given adequate police protection. Shetti had organised a rally in support of Vijay Pandhare, who exposed the irrigation scam recently.
The rally was attended by close to 500 farmers from various districts and the participants marched from Pune railway station to Council Hall.
Raju Shetti, Uvak Kranti Dal leader Kumar Saptarshi, Anna Hazare’s aide Vishwambhar Chaudhari and Sadanand Khot a leader from Swabhiman Shetkari Sanghatana spoke on the irrigation scam and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s alleged role. Shridhar Pandhare, nephew of Vijay Pandhare was also present.
Shridhar claimed that his uncle’s life is unaffected after exposing the scam and he continues as usual. “Uncle’s daily routine is unaffected and he has been provided police protection, and a policeman accompanies him wherever he goes. He spends weekends at his hometown and is given police protection there as well. The locals have come out to support and protect my uncle as he conducts spiritual discourses there.”
Shetti who organised the march claimed that not only Pandhare, but all other whistleblowers will receive the same support from his organisation.
“We are not only supporting Pandhare, but all those who are fighting against corruption have our support. We are backing Pandhare. He may be facing a threat to life, but if anything happens to him, we will not spare anyone.”
Shetti added that some individuals have raised questions about Pandhare’s mental health, but he is a real patriot.
“Pandhare has not demanded security, but considering the issue we provided him the security as a precaution. Pandhare had demanded security for his family, following this we contacted Buldhana police and adequate measures were taken by the local police,” DCP Sahebrao Patil said.