The Mumbai police have increased security outside Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan’s residence in suburban Mumbai after an alleged threat call was made to his office by gangster Ravi Pujari on Saturday.
According to the police, the call was answered by his staff and the caller identified himself as underworld gangster Ravi Pujari. The caller warned that the actor should not work with Bollywood producer brothers, Ali and Karim Morani. Karim Morani an accused in the 2G scam and is considered close to the actor.
However the zonal DCP, Mr. Satyanarayan Chaudhary denied that the actor received threat calls from the underworld.
“The gangster wants overseas rights of his upcoming film. There is a threat to the promotional events relating to the movie and therefore the security has been extended to the actor,” a senior officer told.
The alleged call was received on the same day after three unidentified men fired five rounds outside Ali Morani’s residence in suburban Mumbai. Security has also been extended to the Moranis.
“A month ago the Moranis had complained to the Mumbai police that he had received extortion calls from the underworld and the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) is probing the matter,” a senior police officer told.
The actor’s security was recently withdrawn by the Mumbai police. In January this year, the Mumbai police had provided security to Mr. Khan after the agency suspected that the actor could be on the hit list of the banned terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba or LeT.
This after the Jamaat ud Dawa chief Saeed and the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai 26/11 attack case, Hafiz asked the actor to move to Pakistan if he felt insecure in India. The offer was in response to the actor’s interview in a leading English magazine where he stated that he was a ‘soft – target’ and has to always prove his patriotism every time.