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Security beefed up for Mahajans

india Updated: May 07, 2009 02:28 IST
Rahul Mahajan gets threat letters

Security was beefed up for the family of late Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pramod Mahajan after it received two threatening letters in 10 days.

Already accorded varying degrees of security cover, the family now saw its individual members ensconced in greater security and a tighter cover around its residences.

Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Rakesh Maria said the BJP leader’s son Rahul had on Tuesday complained about the threatening post, and a criminal intimidation case was registered at the Worli police station.

The Crime Branch had also begun a parallel investigation to trace the sender, said Maria.

He added that a preliminary inquiry had revealed the two letters were sent locally. Both letters were handwritten and arrived by post.

Maria said the first letter was received by Rahul at his Worli seaface flat in Sukhda building on April 24.

Among other things, the two-page letter held a demand to re-hold the final episode of a television programme Rahul had participated in, but this time without rigging, as the writer put it.

The sender also asked Rahul to give the money he earned from the show to him.

Maria refused to name the programme.

The second letter was received at the Mahajans’ Worli seaface flat in Poorna building and was addressed to Rahul’s mother Rekha.

The sender appealed to her to not object to the release of a book written by Pramod’s convicted assassin, his younger brother Pravin.

Pravin, who is serving a life term in prison, recently announced his plans to write a book that will be a sort of autobiography.

Maria said the sender threatened to harm the BJP leader’s family, including his daughter Poonam and her children, if Rekha objected.

Maria said the handwriting appeared to be similar in both letters, but an expert’s opinion would be sought.