Elderly Typist Whose Typewriter Was Smashed By Cop Receives Threat Call, Police Give Him Security

22/09/2015 8:44 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

LUCKNOW -- Lucknow Police today provided security to 65-year-old typist Kishan Kumar after he got a threat call as he shot into the limelight when photographs showing a sub-inspector smashing his typewriter went viral on social media.

"Policemen have been deployed for his security. They will pick up and drop Kumar from his home in Gomti Nagar to his workplace in Hazratganj," a senior police official said.

To Kumar's surprise, police reached his home this morning telling him the they would accompany him to his workplace the footpath outside GPO. They waited till Kumar got ready and escorted him.

The aged typist got a threatening call from an anonymous person yesterday saying that he "had not done a good thing".

The caller hung up when the typist wanted to know who was calling.

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"The call was received by Kishan Kumar and prima facie it appeared to have been made through Internet calling service," SHO of Hazratganj, Vijay Mal Yadav said, adding the matter was being probed.

Kumar had occupied a spot on the pavement outside General Post Office (GPO) here for 35 years, offering his services as a typist.

Last Saturday, on the pretext of "security movement", in-charge of the Secretariat Police outpost, Sub-Inspector Pradeep Kumar had kicked his typewriter.

As the pictures of the incident went viral on social media, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav asked senior officers to suspend the errant Sub-Inspector and provide a new typewriter to Kumar. Yadav also announced Rs 1 lakh for him.

Circle Officer, Alambagh, has been asked to probe the incident.

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