‘Dawood Ibrahim’s aide’ calls Maharashtra CM home, police on alert | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: Security at chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s residence in Bandra (E) has been beefed up after calls were received from a person claiming to be an aide of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim late on Saturday. However, no threat was issued.
While the crime branch of the city police has started an investigation, the issue came up for discussion at a meeting of the state cabinet on Sunday. Sources in the state secretariat said that cabinet members were of the view that it is a “serious” matter and even the Centre should look into it, and the caller punished.
Sena leader and cabinet minister Anil Parab said there was “no threat to blow up the residence or anything like that”.
Four calls were received on a phone number at Matoshree after 11pm; two of these were missed, while two were answered by the telephone operator, said a senior crime branch official. The operator, however, refused to transfer the calls to the chief minister.
“During the second call that was received, the caller introduced himself as Mohammad Khalid of the Dawood Ibrahim gang. He said he was calling from Dubai,” said the official. “We have increased security cover at Matoshree.”
The crime branch official said they are trying to procure the caller’s details. A senior crime branch officer also visited the Kalanagar residence on Sunday afternoon. An investigation by the crime branch has already begun, state home minister Anil Deshmukh informed his colleagues at the cabinet meeting.
Another cabinet minister, Eknath Shinde, said that Shiv Sena is not scared of Dawood Ibrahim. “…Nobody can harm Matoshree, not even Dawood,” he said, adding that earlier Pakistan had threatened Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray. “But it couldn’t do anything. Shiv Sena has never been afraid of any such threats, and will not be even in the future,” he said.

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