Mumbai police on Monday recorded a statement by Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan, a day after a letter threatened that the father and son couple would meet the fate of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala.
Police, who visited Salman Khan’s house on the outskirts of Bandra and increased security around the building, were unable to record the actor’s statement as he was not there, an official said.
According to police sources, the letter said, “Salim Khan, Salman Khan Bahot Jald Aapka Mooselwala Hoga GB LB” (Salim Khan, Salman Khan soon you will discover the fate of Moosewala.) There is speculation that `GB ‘and` LB’ may refer to gangsters Goldy Brar and Lawrence Bishnoi, though police have not made any statement on this aspect.
Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala was killed by unknown assailants in Punjab’s Mansa district last month, and according to local police, Lawrence Bishnoi’s group may have been involved in the killings.
Mumbai police commissioner Sanjay Pandey said police took the threatening letter seriously.
“It’s still too early to state whether the letter is fake, and also we can’t say anything about (the involvement of) Lawrence Bishnoi’s group,” he added.
Police recorded the statements of Salim Khan and two of his bodyguards but were unable to record Salman Khan’s statements because he was not there, an official said.
Investigators have collected footage of more than 200 CCTV cameras in the area to identify the person who dropped the letter on a bench at the Bandra Bandstand where Salim Khan, a well -known screenwriter, was sitting after a morning walk on Sunday, he said.
There was a CCTV camera 30 meters from the bench but a tree blocked the view, the official said.
On Monday morning, five Mumbai crime branch officers along with local policemen visited Salman Khan’s residence at Galaxy Apartments in the Bandra area and spoke to his family members.
They spent about an hour at the actor’s home, an official said.
The case under section 506-II (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at the Bandra police station.
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