Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashish Khetan on Saturday allegedly received a “death threat” from a group and demanded that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh initiate action against the culprits. As per Ashish Khetan, he received a threat-letter on May 9 stating that he had “crossed all levels” in committing sins. “It is because of you (Khetan) that Sadhvi Pragya Singh (an accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case) and Virendra Singh Tawde (an accused in the case of murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in 2013) are in jail. People like you deserve only death punishment in a Hindu Rashtra,” the letter said.
Ashish Khetan, a former investigative journalist, wrote to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking action in the matter. He also said that several journalists, writers and activists had been threatened in the past. However, this is not the first time that Khetan has received threats. The journalist-turned-politician had also received a similar threat letter last year.
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) May 13, 2017
Hv got a letter claiming that my killing is imminent. It advocates the cause of Sadhvi Pragya & killers of Dr Dabholkar, Pansare & Kalburgi
— Ashish Khetan (@AashishKhetan) May 13, 2017
Reacting to the alleged threat, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said this was “extremely shocking” and demanded action from the home minister. “Ashish Khetan receives death threat. Hope Rajnath Singh ji will take action(sic),” Arvind Kejriwal tweeted. Ashish Khetan is the vice-chairman of the Delhi Dialogue Commission, an AAP formed committee which looks after the implementation of various polls promises made by the party before the 2015 Assembly polls. Khetan had also unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from the New Delhi constituency.