Shiv Sena leader Pawan Kadam, who was in charge of Satara district, has sought police protection fearing that his life is in danger from a notorious criminal.
The criminal Salim Shaikh alias Saliachopya, allegedly came to his office and demanded Rs. 50 lakhs from him, threatening him with dire consequences if he was not paid, Kadam alleged in his complaint.
Worried about his and his family's lives, Kadam submitted a memorandum to Maharashtra home minister RR Patil, alleging that the police had not taken the matter seriously.
He also sought his licensed revolver, which the Thane police had seized from him during political agitations carried out by the Shiv Sena in Thane as well as renewal of his revolver licence.
He also attached a list of offences registered against the criminal at Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur police stations including murder, attempt to murder, extortion, assault and kidnapping, along with his memorandum.
Despite the fact that the criminal was involved in more than 50 serious crimes, he was free now and (Kadam attached a list which listed more than 50 grave crimes against him) and may attack him and his family, his memorandum said.
Asked if he had approached his party bosses in this regard, he replied in the negative and said that initially he would make his own efforts to resolve the issue and approach the party later.
Kadam alleged that the criminal had the backing of a major political party's bosses, without which he could not have indulged in serious crimes so brazenly.
The criminal has to be checked before it was too late Kadam urged the local police and the home minister.