Mangaluru: Armed police personnel security of four including rationalist revoked

Daijiworld Media Network –Mangaluru (DV)

Mangaluru, Apr 1: The city police revoked the personal security guard service of four people in the city from Thursday which includes rationalist and social activist Narendra Nayak, former BJP leader Sathyajith Surthkal, and BJP leaders Rahim Uchil and Jagadish Shenava.

Speaking to Narendra Nayak said, "In 2016, when M Chandrashekar was the police commissioner of the city, he had provided the security to me, gathering intelligence inputs that there is a threat to my life. In the year 2017, after an attempt was made on my life, police provided two gunmen for security. But, I have not sought any personal security. Though I refused, a senior police officer suggested taking the security service."

Clockwise from top row: Narendra Nayak, Sathyajith Surthkal, Rahim Uchil and Jagadish Shenava

It may be recalled, Narendra Nayak has been in news for his fight for commoners’ injustice. Writers like K S Bhagawan and others still have personal security guard services sensing threats to their life.

Nayak has faced several threats since he was a consumer activist. Later, he took the lead in demanding justice in RTI activits Vinayak Baliga's murder case. In this regard, he received threat calls and messages from right-wing groups.

Sathyajith Surthkal, who was a staunch Hindu worker, was at the forefront of Hindu activism. The government had provided him with security for the past 16 years. As a series of communal murders took place in the district, and as per the intelligence input, Sathyajith was provided personal security in 2006. He had also received threats from abroad for his Hindu activism.

BJP leader Rahim Uchil said that ‘sensing' that there is no threat to his life, his security has been revoked. "The government had given me security after I was attacked brutally. I was targeted for working for this country and society. We should take care of ourselves," he added.

The security of BJP leader Jagadish Shenava also stands withdrawn.

It is claimed that the security was withdrawn as there was a demand of advanced payment to continue the service.






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