The interrogation of a member of the right-group Sanatan Sanstha in connection with the murder of rationalist Govind Pansare has revealed a potential threat to senior Mumbai journalist Nikhil Wagle, police sources said on Monday.
The journalist, who has reportedly been receiving threats from the group since 2011, is under police protection. A review of his security cover was held recently after the threat perception during the interrogation of Sameer Gaikwad, an active member of Sanatan Sanstha.
Gaikwad was arrested last week in connection with the murder of Pansare in February this year.
A senior police official said Wagle had refused security cover but joint commissioner of police (law & order) Deven Bharti confirmed the journalist was under police protection. He, however, refused to elaborate citing security reasons.
"Last week, police officials came to me saying that the government has decided to offer security cover in view of general threat perception. However, they did not specify whether it was because of the threat from Sanatan," Wagle told PTI.
"I have been getting threats from Sanatan. Four years ago, Abhay Vartak of Sanatan (Sanstha) walked out of a programme I hosted. Even as recently as last week, Sanatan Prabhat (a publication of the outfit) carried an article warning me," he said.
The senior journalist was talking about his TV show on Maharashtra's anti-superstition bill from which Vartak had angrily walked out.
Senior Communist Party of India leader Pansare and his wife, Uma were shot at by two motorcycle-borne men on February 16, 2015, near their home in Kolhapur. Pansare died four days later at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai while his wife survived the attack, suffering injuries that crippled her.
(With inputs from PTI)
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