Late on the night of February 26, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt received a call from an unidentified caller, who claimed to be a gang leader, to extort a sum of Rs 50 lakh. The caller stated that if he is unable to fulfil his demand, he will kill is daughter Alia Bhatt and wife Soni Razdan.
According to a report by India Today, Police registered an FIR late on Wednesday night and recorded a statement from Mahesh Bhatt’s family. The case has now been transferred to Mumbai Police’s Anti Extortion Cell (ANC) and the matter will be further investigated by them along with other Police departments.
A source close to Mumbai police stated that after receiving the call, Mahesh Bhatt initially thought it to be a prank but later he received a number of texts and whatsapp messages that stated that these threats shouldn’t be taken lightly. The caller said, if his instruction weren’t followed he’ll kill Alia Bhatt and Soni Razdan. The exact words were, “If you fail to do so, I will fire several rounds of bullets in your daughter Alia and wife Soni.”
Mahesh Bhatt was asked to deposit the said amount in a Lucknow based bank branch.
A police officer told India Today, “A case is registered under section 387 (causing a person to fear death or grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion.)”
Thing to be noted here is that the threat has come almost three years after more than thirteen people were arrested by Police in November 2014, who were reported to be from D gang and had plotted to eliminate Mahesh Bhatt and his family.
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