MUMBAI — Prof. Ram Puniyani, noted academician, rationalist, and civil society member, who is also known for his bold and objective opinions on National issues and history, has been receiving threats to his life from unknown goons.
The former IIT Bombay professor received the threats by phone on the night of June 6. Two calls were made to his home phone number, and Puniyani was accused of being anti-Hindu.
The caller, who used extremely abusive language, threatened dire consequences if Dr. Puniyani didn’t stop his activities and leave within 15 days.
Following the threats, Prof Ram Puniyani has filed an FIR with the Powai police station in Mumbai and also written to the Commissioner of Police. He also met with senior Mumbai police officials on Friday.
After the meeting, he said, “My family and I felt reassured after the meeting with the Joint Commissioner of Police.”
The issue of providing security to Dr. Puniyani will be taken up on June 8, 2019, with the DCP Sangramsinh Nishandar. The investigation will be monitored by the DCP for now.
“The Joint CP has instructed the DCP to increase the area security for now, assured us he will consider granting security and also asked part of the investigations in terms of tracing the telephone number to be handed over to the Cyber Cell,” added Prof Puniyani.
Following the threats received by Prof Puniyani, The Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) swung into action and have written to the National Human Rights Commission.
CJP has appealed Human Rights Commission for urgent action to be taken, as well as the provision of proper protection for Dr Puniyani and his family.