NPP protests outside PMO against threat to Bhim Singh by NSA

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New Delhi, Jul 6 (UNI) Several National Panthers Party workers held a demonstration at the 7, Race Course Road--residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh early today to protest the alleged threat to the life of its President by National Security Advisor (NSA) M K Narayanan.

''Two of the protestors have been detained,'' a senior police official told UNI, adding that the protest held post midnight was over in minutes.

Some protestors had gathered at the PMO but soon after we got the information, a team was sent which dispersed them, he said.

''Others managed to flee as soon as the police reached the spot,'' he said and added that the detention of two of the protestors was made as prohibitory orders were imposed in the area.

Delhi Pradesh National Panthers Party (DPNPP) general secretary Rajiv Khosla said the demonstration by 20 party workers outside the PMO lasted about 25 minutes after which the party's another general secreatary Harsh Malhotra was taken away by the police.

''They later arrested state party president Sanjoy Sachdev from the party office at V P House.'' Both were sent to judicial custody for 12 days, he said adding that three news channels had covered the whole incident which took place at about 0130 hrs today.

Mr Khosla said the threat to the NPP chief was made last night, at about 2130 hrs, by the NSA on Mr Bhim Singh's mobile in Jammu.

He said the protest was made at the PMO to draw the Prime Minister's attention towards the incident where NSA M K Narayanan threatened Prof Bhim Singh of ''physical liquidation'' if the Panthers Party did not support Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on the Assembly floor on July 7 during trial of strength.

''The NSA also threatened Bhim Singh that he would stop his entry to Delhi and withdraw security to all leaders of Panthers Party immediately if his party voted against the Azad government,'' he added.

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