Film director and producer Mahesh Bhatt, wife Soni Razdan and his actor-daughter Alia Bhatt allegedly received death threats from a man in Uttar Pradesh who demanded Rs 50 lakh from the movie personality, police said on Thursday.
The accused allegedly threatened to pump bullets into Bhatt’s family members.
The suspect Sandeep Sahu has been arrested from Uttar Pradesh by the state’s special’s task force (STF) and Mumbai crime branch.
Sources said UP police are questioning the suspect who was traced by the anti-extortion cell of Mumbai crime branch.
Sources said Bhatt was first threatened close to midnight on February 26 through a call to his mobile phone. A case was registered at the Juhu police station on Wednesday.
Bhatt said in tweet that the threat has been “nipped in the bud” by police.
A bolt from the blue in the form of an extortion call & threat to my family was nipped in the bud by the MH & UP police in tandem.Gratitude!— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) March 2, 2017
The accused, who is also said to have also sent text and WhatsApp messages to the director, allegedly asked Bhatt to deposit the money in a bank account in Lucknow.
Police said Mumbai Police anti-extortion cell has begun investigations after recording the statement of Bhatt, the father of popular actor Alia. His elder daughter Pooja is also an actor producer.