Terror’s new targets - CM, Khans
In an e-mail, Indian Mujahideen - the newbie terror outfit which has claimed responsibility for Ahmedabad’s serial blasts - has issued death threats to Bollywood’s Muslim actors, report Presley Thomas and Vajir Singh.india Updated: Jul 28, 2008 00:29 IST
In an e-mail barely held together grammatically and badly spelt, Indian Mujahideen — the newbie terror outfit which has claimed responsibility for Ahmedabad’s serial blasts — has issued death threats to Bollywood’s Muslim actors.
In the open letter sent to inboxes of India’s leading media houses on Sunday morning, the organisation urged the stars to stop acting in movies immediately or “we are ready for order to kill you”. The mail also threatens to kill the actors’ families.
“Today is only sample but our next is Muslim film star (sic),” read the mail.
Among Muslim actors in Bollywood are the four Khans — Shah Rukh, Aamir, Salman and Saif — just on whom Rs 400 crore ride at this moment.
Pahlaj Nihalani, president of Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers (AMPTPP), said, “Our industry is like a family where we do not believe in religion. I can assure you that there is no panic here. As for the warning, we are unshaken.”
“It is all nothing but some conspiracy and bollywood is supposedly the next target. I only hope and request that law should take the step to curb this chaos. There should also be more security around cinema halls as that is becoming the easy target,” added Nihalani.
The Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) head Mukesh Ambani too has been threatened for the 27-storeyed mansion he has been building. “We also alert Mukesh Ambani to think twice before usurping and building a citadel on a land in Mumbai that belongs to the Waqf Board, lest it turns into horrifying memories for you which you will never ever forget,” read the mail.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor, however, was characteristically calm. “Such mails should not worry citizens in Mumbai. We have taken enough precautions, not just for the stars, but for the common man as well,” he said.
Since Friday’s Bangalore blasts, the Mumbai police have been combing hotels and lodges across the city for suspects. The department’s informer network has also been activated at cinema houses, malls, restaurants and shrines.