The elderly man whose typewriter was smashed by a police officer in Lucknow said on Monday he had received a threatening call from an anonymous caller who said he would have to face dire consequences for getting the sub-inspector suspended.
Images of the police officer smashing the typewriter of 72-year-old Krishna Kumar went viral over the weekend. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav intervened in the matter, ordering the suspension of the policeman.
A new typewriter was provided by the government to Kumar, who ekes a meagre living by typing letters for people outside the general post office in Lucknow.
Kumar said he received the threatening call minutes after the chief minister announced financial aid of Rs 1 lakh for him.
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The caller reportedly told Kumar he would have to face dire consequences for getting the sub-inspector who damaged his typewriter suspended. A frightened Kumar did not give details of the number from which he got the call.
Talking about the threat, he said, “The caller said I will have to pay a hefty price for getting the cop suspended. He said abhi to bohat hero ban rahe ho. Tumhe baad me dekh lenge (Now you are like a hero. I will see you later).”
Following the incident, the chief minister directed senior officers to suspend op sub- inspector Pradeep Kumar and provide a new typewriter to the senior citizen.
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The announcement about the aid was made after district magistrate Raj Shekhar highlighted the need to give financial assistance to Kumar in his report.
“When we visited him to give the new typewriter on Saturday, we saw that his house was in a pitiable state. His livelihood was hit after the advent of computers. With a meagre daily income of Rs 56 to Rs 60 he struggles to make both ends meet,” said Shekhar.
Kumar thanked the chief minister and praised the state government for its prompt response. “I have not received any official communication in this regard. However, I am grateful to the government for giving me financial aid as well as the typewriter. Since I have become too old to type now, I will utilise the aid to set up a small business near my house.”
Kumar has also received calls from people across the country and abroad who offered him financial assistance.