Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has approved Z+ security for Gandhian Anna Hazare, who received at least two threat letters this month, with one warning him to keep his distance from Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
Hazare had been threatened in another letter, dated 7 August, that he will be "bumped off" like anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar, who was shot dead in Pune in 2013. It had warned him to dissociate himself from his former India Against Corruption (IAC) aide Kejriwal.
Hazare received a second threat letter just ten days later, according to the police, which warns that a person with a "habit of killing noble people" wanted to kill Anna Hazare for "blood money", news reports suggest.
"The letter mentions name of one Mahadeo Panchal from Latur district and was posted from Osmanabad," Gandhian's aide Datta Awari told PTI.
The Maharashtra government will now provide Anna Hazare with Z+ security, ANI news agency reported on Friday.
Hazare and Kejriwal had led several demonstrations under the India Against Corruption umbrella before they parted ways with the latter going on to form the Aam Aadmi Party, which won the Delhi assembly elections early this year.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis approves Z+ security for Anna Hazare who had received a threat letter
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 21, 2015