Threat to Karnataka progressive writers: Accused is school dropout, wrote 100 letters

Bengaluru, Oct 1 (IANS): The probe into the case of life-threatening letters to progressive writers, and actors has revealed that accused Shivaji Rao Jadhav was a school dropout and studied only till eighth standard. During the interrogation, he confessed to writing 100 such letters regarding which police are grilling him.

The probe had also revealed that the accused was the co-convenor of the Hindu Jagaran Vedike and also wrote the letter threatening three Karnataka ministers, a religious seer and a bunch of progressive writers.

Shivaji Rao Jadhav, a resident of EWS Colony in Davanagere City, was arrested for sending threatening letters to more than 15 progressive Kannada authors and thinkers on Saturday. Jadhav was arrested in the district by sleuths of the City Central Crime Branch (CCB).

The police suspect that the accused is brainwashed and supported by a group of people, and are trying to unearth his connections in this regard. The accused used to travel to different districts and posted life-threatening letters to give the police the slip. He had gone to Shivamogga, Chitradurga, Haveri and other districts just to post letters.

The accused had been writing the threat letters for the past two years, forcing the targeted authors to meet Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on multiple occasions and demand swift action.

In the letters, Jadhav threatened the victims, including K. Veerabhadrappa, B.L. Venu, Banjagere Jayaprakash, B.T. Lalita Naik, Vasundhara Bhupathi, for going against Hindutva, saying that they should count their last days.

The case was handed over to the Special Wing CCB and experts of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) found that all letters were written by the same person but posted from different districts and taluks.

As a result of the letters, state Home Minister Dr. G. Parameshwara directed the police to provide suitable security to the authors.

While confessing to his crime, Jadhav claimed that he threatened the authors and thinkers due to their anti-Hindu stand.

The police produced him before the court which sent him to 10 days of custody for interrogation. The development was taken seriously after the murders of journalist Gauri Lankesh and activist-writer Prof. M.M. Kalburgi in Karnataka.

The accused had confessed to writing a life-threatening letter to Minister for Health Dinesh Gundu Rao, Minister for RDPR, IT and BT Priyank Kharge and Minister for PWD Satish Jarkiholi.The life-threatening letter was posted at the address of Nishkala Mantapa Ashram run by Nijagunananda Swamiji.

The letter also mentions the names of progressive thinkers S.G. Siddaramaiah, K. Marulasiddappa, Baraguru Ramachandrappa, Bhaskar Prasad, Prof. Bhagavan, Prof. Mahesh Chandra Guru, B.T. Lalita Nayak, Dwarakanath, Devanuru Mahadeva, B.L. Venu, actors and activists Prakash Raj and Chetan Ahimsa.

The letter was received by the Ashram in Bailahongala in Belagavi district on September 20. The life-threatening letter mentions that all who have been named, do have the courage to speak up about what is being done by communal Muslims. The letter also asked them will they raise their voice against anti-national activities.

The letter also makes mention of progressive religious seer Nijagunananda Swamiji, saying that he must think of the letter as a death warrant.

“The death will come to you in your own programme. I am not joking. You are a demon in the form of a human. You are a demon who abuses Hindu gods and goddesses. You are in the last stage of your life. There is no other way but to finish you off,” the letter said.

Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao, reacting to the development stated, accused Shivaji Rao Jadhav had threatened me, two of my cabinet colleagues, a religious seer and authors through a letter. The police have arrested the accused for issuing life threats. These forces can’t prevent our voice for truth,” he stated.





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  • Nawaz, dubai

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    If BJP was ruling they would have let him go, saying he is ""mentally retarded""

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  • Nawaz, dubai

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Rao means he is not a lower caste...cunning fellow

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    If he can send 100 letters on his own then he is a PhD scholar not school drop out. Meaning surely a select set of rogue. Ghost . writers are behind this ..

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Karnataka has had 2 known murders of intellectuals .. scholar journalists... Ms. LANKESH ... Prof kalburgi ... Initially pen is used and later sword ... meaning threat letters then kill...... For these extremists who are a well coordinated lot ... the. gullible to do their dirty political work ... as how Godse was used to kill Gandhi ...go after the network behind the accused ..... He was not a lone wolf ...

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  • Jasmine, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Desh Ke GADDARO ko goli maro GADDARO ko

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    this fellow is thoroughly brain washed in shakha wearing dogale chaddi...must be going there since a young age....only good at creating rift in society....all other things like helping others during natural disaster and all is just a myth....sarri budle maggana charbi poora jappodu...

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  • ayes p., kudla/ksa

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Of course he is bhakt and his mind is filled with gobar and brainless.

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Ever since 2014 uneducated louts have been emboldened to threaten, intimidate and murder progressive writers.

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  • Karen Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    No surprise that a bhakt would do this. Their gobar is like this, supreme leader style.

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  • T.Lobo, Bejai

    Sun, Oct 01 2023

    Had he taken same interest in writing exams he might have become something respectable.

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  • Ganesh, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 01 2023

    Threatening writers & thinkers is absolutely wrong it would be aginst free speech. if one disagrees with their thinking one can write objectively and communicate when there so many media. Salman Rushdie was the first major writer to get death threats throught the world. Threats are also being being received by Ayaan Hirsi Ai, Tasleema Nasreen, Wafa Sultan, Amina Sardar etc just because they hold a certain view . One may disagree wit them but giving them them their space without threatening them is very important.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Even Ganesh was victim of miscommunication finally he paid the price for his head . Communication is more important.

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  • Ganesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Yes communication is important. There are thousands of people scratching their heads to intepret a book. That is why there are different denominations. each one giving his own intepretation. why communicate through one man?. why not communicate equally to every other person directly. If he can receive directly, he can give directly right Mr Rolf.

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Is it a mistake you left out MF Hussain? As you mentioned that we can communicate with ONE directly, why we have thousand Gods ourselves?

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  • Ganesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    There are thousands of them. I have just named a few to make things understand. Cartoons of Denmark as well as MF Hussain both deserved their free speech and expression. Very recently Nupur Sharma freedom of speech was curtailed. There are quite a few who are in youtube wearing full covering of the face. That itself says about the tolerance and freedom of speech. Why to go for the tangent when you cannot explain an important message could not be sent directly and depended on few intermediaries. even to answer straight you need another name.

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  • Ganesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    What i meant was is if he can receive messages of billions of earthlings that too many times in a day, he is also capable of sending messages directly without dependence on a human being to carry his message. why this via route as unnecesarily there will be lot of misunderstanding?. i just want the answer if you have one.

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