Bhola fears he may be eliminated, seeks protection

  • Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jan 17, 2015 08:27 IST

Fearing that his revelations could lead to his elimination, drug lord Jagdish Bhola, who is lodged in the Nabha jail in connection with the drug racket case, has approached the union home ministry and the Punjab government for protection inside and outside the jail.

Bhola, a former Punjab Police DSP, through his counsel Satish Karkra, has sent a legal notice to home secretaries of the central and state governments besides to the DGP (prisons) and the district police chief.

Karkra said that during the questioning of so many people in the case, the names of some prominent people had cropped up. “Some influential people fear that Bhola’s revelations may trouble them. In furtherance of their worry and fear, they may exterminate or kill Bhola any time by taking him out of the state, under the camouflage of false cases in connivance with the authorities,” Karkra alleged, without naming anyone.

These influential people, in connivance with the authorities, might try to exterminate him by taking him out of the state by creating such a situation, Bhola alleged, demanding security within and outside the jail premises.

Karkra said he was forced to issue the legal notice as the government hadn’t done anything on his previous communication on Bhola’s security. He said in case any harm came to his client, the government would be held responsible.

The Enforcement Directorate has questioned a few high-profile politicians, including revenue minister Bikram Majithia, in the case.

Jail superintendent JS Sarao said, “Had Bhola any problem, he would have told me. So far, he had not received any complaint from Bhola, who was in the jail for the past one year.”

He said if and when he received the complaint or legal notice, the issue would be taken to the higher authorities; but as far as safety was concerned, Bhola had no such threat inside the jail.

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