Following an extortion call to a Congress legislators son,party legislators on Friday demanded police protection claiming increased threat perception. The legislators insisted that since they have to deal with difficult situations in public interest,adequate security should be provided to them.
The demand came after senior MLA Jaswant Rana said in the Assembly that his son received a call last week from an unknown number threatening to kill him unless he paid up Rs 50 lakh.
A number of Congress MLAs seconded Ranas demand for additional security citing increased threat perception. The legislators maintained that in order to carry out developmental work fearlessly police protection is required.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit too agreed that security of MLAs was of paramount importance. The incident involving the legislators son is being looked into by police. The security for MLAs is of paramount importance and steps will be taken to ensure the same, Dikshit said.
Delhi Legislative Assembly Speaker Yoganand Shastri too issued a directive to call Police Commissioner B K Gupta to the House to convey the concerns of MLAs. He said the matter will also be taken up with the Lieutenant-Governor. We will meet the Commissioner of Police and discuss the issue. The incident is serious and needs our immediate attention, Shastri said.
Other legislators too cited instances when they were attacked. Matia Mahal MLA Shohaib Iqbal claimed that his car was damaged by unknown persons on Friday while he was on his way to the Assembly.
Jungpura MLA Tarvinder Singh Marwah too joined the discussion and demanded personal security officers for MLAs.