Mangaluru: Karnataka Minister K Abhayachandra Jain has been given extra security after he allegedly received a threat call from a person claiming to be gangster Ravi Poojary.
In his complaint to the police, Mr Jain, the Sports and Fisheries minister, has said that he received the call on Saturday. The caller allegedly accused the minister of involvement in the murder of Bajrang Dal worker Prashant Poojary on October 9, and threatened to kill him.
When the minister denied the charge, the caller allegedly told him that another minister Ramanath Rai was also involved in the murder.
The caller spoke in Hindi and English, Mr Jain told the police.
Mr Jain said he has also informed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister KJ George of the call.
Police Commissioner S Murugan visited Mr Jain's house on Sunday and ordered additional security in view of the threat.
Prashant Poojary, 29, who was involved in busting illegal slaughterhouses, was murdered allegedly by six men on bikes around two weeks after the mob killing of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh's Dadri over beef eating rumours, which led to nationwide outrage.
The BJP has accused Karnataka's Congress government of negligence in investigating Poojary's murder and has demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe.
The police have so far arrested nine people in connection with the murder.