Yechury gets threat calls over JNU row

Police initiate probe into phone calls made to the CPI(M) head office on Sunday night.

Updated - November 17, 2021 04:55 am IST

Published - February 15, 2016 01:30 pm IST - New Delhi

Police suspect that the calls were made by the same person who had attacked the party head office on Sunday. File photo.

Police suspect that the calls were made by the same person who had attacked the party head office on Sunday. File photo.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has allegedly received threat calls over extending support to students who are protesting the arrest of Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU) students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar.

DCP (New Delhi) Jatin Narwal said they have received a complaint in this regard and a probe has been initiated. However, no case has been registered so far.

Party sources claimed three threat calls were made at the party head office between 10:30 PM and 1 AM last night.

“The callers were abusing the party general secretary over his support to the JNU issue. They said ‘whatever he (an alleged reference to Yechury) is doing is not right and we will see him if he continued to support the protesting students.’

Attack on CPI(M) office

“They (the callers) said they belonged to some organisation Aam Aadmi Balvir Sena. We suspect it is the same organisation which had attacked our head office yesterday,” the source said.

Police suspect that the calls were made by the same person.

The source added that the party traced the numbers from which the calls were made and lodged a complaint on this regard with Mandir Marg Police Station.

Meanwhile, police registered an FIR in connection with Sunday’s attack on CPI(M) head office, following which three youth were arrested. On Sunday, a group of youths had allegedly tried to vandalise the party office.

The party men had handed over one of them, identified as Sushant Khosla, to the local police, while two others, Ved Prakash and Rocky, had surrendered later.

The youth had told the police they belonged to ‘Aam Aadmi Sena’, while the party alleged that the men belonged to RSS.

"Will fight out any threat"

Responding to the threat calls, Left parties said they will “fight out” any threat and are “not worried” about being labelled as “anti-national” for their stance on the JNU row.

“All this (threat calls), we are prepared to face, we are not worried. We are not worried about being labelled as anti-national. We are prepared to face this and we will fight it out,” CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat said.

Mr. Karat said the threat calls and the attack on CPI(M) headquarters here are “responses” by right-wing outfits to the Left party’s “firm” stand against “assault” on the students’ community in JNU and “government-sponsored imposition of Hindutva ideology” on the campuses.

“So, obviously, those forces are angry with us and this is what they try to do at our office,” he added.

CPI national secretary D Raja, who too had claimed to have received similar calls over his support to the protesters, said the parties will take up the issue formally with the government now.

“I do get threat calls. When we met the Home Minister, I did raise the issue with him that we are getting anonymous calls, threatening to shoot us down. All these things are happening. So, we will be taking it up formally with the government,” Raja added.

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