Anna Hazare's lawyer on Friday morning sent a letter to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to request the Union and Delhi governments to provide adequate security to the veteran activist who is fighting against corruption.
On April 5, Hazare went on an indefinite fast at Delhi's Jantar Mantar demanding a joint committee to draft a strong Lokpal Bill.
"There are only policemen for Hazare's security at Jantar Mantar, which is usual for any public agitation," said lawyer Milind Pawar, who is also president of the Pune Bar Association.
Last January, Hazare had lodged a complaint with the Parner police in Ahmednagar district against expelled Nationalist Congress Party leader Padmasinh Patil on the basis of statement given by Paras Jain, one of the accused in Congress leader Pavanraje Nimbalkar's murder.
In his statement, Jain had reportedly told Central Bureau of Investigation officials that Patil had given him a supari (contract) to kill Hazare. Based on Hazare's complaint, the police arrested Patil, but he was later released on bail. The case is still on in an Aurangabad court.
Pawar said that even after Hazare lodged the complaint, the state government did not provide him any security. “Even today, Hazare moves around without any security,” he added.
Agitation grows in Pune, Sangli
Hazare's nationwide movement against corruption is gaining ground in Pune. More than 100 writers and theatre personalities undertook a daylong token fast and pledged support for the veteran activist by creating public awareness through street plays and cultural programmes.
Workers of Jan Surajya Sangharsha Samiti protested outside the municipal corporation on Friday. Besides launching a signature campaign, they also appealed to citizens to go on a token fast to support Hazare.
In Sangli, the police detained 60 activists from Swabhiman Shetkari Sanghatana for blocking the Sangli-Kolhapur highway for more than an hour, thus affecting traffic. Another group of activists protested outside the Sangli municipal corporation.