Patna: Social activist Tamanna Hashmi, who has filed a petition in a Bihar court against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for making ‘derogatory’ remarks against a particular community, says he has been receiving death threats and is living in fear.
Hashmi, a Muzaffarpur-based activist, filed a petition in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Muzaffarpur, against Yogi Aditayanath for his reported remarks in Kushinagar, that it was only after his ascent to power in 2017 that the public distribution system became effective in Uttar Pradesh, where ration meant for poor used to be eaten up by ''those who say abba jaan (a term commonly used by the Muslim community to address fathers)''.
In his petition, Hashmi alleged that Aditayanath’s remarks were targeted against a community were not only bad in taste but a threat for the country's unity and integrity.
“First, I received a series of messages full of abuses against me and my community on my WhatsApp. This was followed by a video call with a death threat by an anonymous person,” he told reporters.
Hashmi alleged that the caller used expletives against his religion and warned him that he would have to pay a heavy price for speaking against Yogi Aditayabath and taking him to court.
Following these threats, Hashmi has lodged a complaint in Ahiyapur police station in Muzaffarpur and has sought protection for himself and his family in view of the threat perception.
In his written complaint to police, the social activist said that the caller who threatened to kill him used abusive language warned of dire consequences for him and his family.
Hashmi is known for filing dozens of petitions in the local court in public interest and against different political leaders for allegedly making wrong remarks.
Police officials in Muzaffarpur said they had started checking call detail records to identify the caller who allegedly threatened to kill Hashmi.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party’s ally in Bihar, the Janata Dal (United), has already distanced itself from Aditayanath’s remarks.