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Odisha based Citizen Journalist receives death threat from gangster
At around 1 pm yesterday, I (Biranchi Narayan Acharya) received an anonymous call from a mobile number- 07548******. The person speaking on the other end said that he was an aid of gangster Tito and he was planning to kill me because I am crossing the limit of Titos' dictate. Tito, the gangster, operates from Kendrapara, a district as well as the constituency of Odisha MP Baijayant Panda.
When he was threatening me, I was busy in eviction of temples and Pira, a Muslim Daragha! I asked myself why a person from Kendrapara is threatening a person from the city of Cuttack? He said ''You appear to be fearless and very proactive, forgetting the mastery of Tito who rules Odisha.''

I told him, "do what you think is best and I am not going to fall in your trap."

I returned home by 8pm and informed my family (wife and kids) about the threat, but asked them to trust on nation's constitution and do not get worried. As expected, they became worried for me.

Anyway I put the matter in my Twitter timeline especially addressing @DrGarekar and @Pandajay (Odisha MP). While @DrGarekar spread the message in Twitter world, @Pandajay instructed @bbsrctcpolice to take appropriate action.

I tried to know as to why was I subjected to such a threat. After a lot of introspection, I recalled that as an in charge of RVNL project of Haridashpur to Pardip, I had been asked by anonymous people to make payment as goon fee for working in Kendrapara. But I denied the demands saying that neither I take money nor do I pay money to anybody. Some people tried to threaten me further, but I didn't give in to their demands.

The person who had called me on my mobile simply said, "You would be no more for your kids.'' I replied back, ''I'm ready to face any kind of test to prove India as a democratic nation.''

Point is simple. I am a Citizen Journalist , active in social media and living in a metro city and still I am facing such threat calls. So just imagine, what would be the condition of other people, from a remote location where his versions may not even be heard. Death is a destined issue and none can cause it to happen on their will. But yes, the honest, dedicated persons never want to see mafia, criminals and murderers before he closes his eyes.

I was never afraid of death, and would not ever be in future. But as a strong supporter of Indian democracy, I would like the social media, citizen journalism websites and others to make every effort to make sure that justice prevails, even if I am killed by the mafia.

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