Shiv Sena-UBT MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday claimed to be getting death threats from a contract killer allegedly hired by Thane MP Shrikant Shinde, the son of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.
He has brought the matter to the notice of Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis and Thane Commissioner of Police Jai Jeet Singh in letters sent on Tuesday.
Even after several attempts, Jai Jeet Singh, Joint Commissioner Dattatreya Karale and MP Shrikant Shinde were unavailable for comments.
Raut, who is also the Sena-UBT's chief spokesperson, said that in recent times, there has been a rise in threats and attacks on elected representatives which goes contrary to the traditions of Maharashtra.
“After change of power in the state, my entire security has been withdrawn. I have no complaints over that. Such political decisions keep happening. Security of the peoples’ representatives concerns the State Government and the Home Department is competent to handle it,” he said.
“Yet, I wish to bring to your notice a serious issue. I have learnt that a dreaded mafia don of Thane has been given a contract by MP Shrikant Shinde to target me. Given the current political scenario in the state, it is imperative to keep you updated on this,” Raut contended.
He added, “I have received this information from some of my sources. I hope the State Home Minister will ask to investigate the matter in a free and fair manner. The political situation in Maharashtra is volatile. We have never seen the situation go to such a level.”
Prior to Raut, senior NCP leader Jitendra Awhad had last week claimed threats to eliminate him and his family members, while this week former CM and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan also alleged of a conspiracy to “finish him off”.
Party sources said that Raut has also written to the Thane police naming Shinde and others who are allegedly threatening him, though there has been no reaction from the government side yet.
Even after several attempts Thane police commissioner Jai Jeet Singh, joint commissioner Dattatreya Karale and MP Shrikant Shinde were unavailable for the comments.
According to the reports, he has also written to Thane top cop a letter in the matter wherein he mentions not only MP Shrikant Shinde but others as well and claimed to have threat from those persons.
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