The Kurla police on Friday registered a first information report (FIR) after a Kurla-based businessman claimed to have received a death threat from the Indian Mujahideen (IM) on Friday.
Police sub-inspector P Sashagane on Sunday said that Paras Gupta, 28, who runs a farsan and sweet mart near Kurla (West) station, had received the letter by post on Friday with IM written on the cover. The senders of the letter, written on an IM letterhead with a crescent moon and star.
“The letter was sent to my farsan and sweet shop. It was written in English with the names of the two senders in Urdu. They issued deaths threats, asking to stop anti-Islamic propaganda and vacate Kurla,’” said Gupta who has long been associated with the BJP and Bajrang Dal.
“We were not able to trace the location from where the letter was sent. We have informed the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and have handed the letter to them,” said an officer from the Kurla police.
Gupta alleged that in 2003, his father had received a similar threat from Riaz Bhatkal who has now shifted to the IM.
Although his father who was then 55 had been provided with two armed policemen and two guards, he was fired at and had sustained an injury on his leg. PSI Sashagane confirmed the incident.
He said Gupta owns a few buildings in the area and has a farsan and sweet shop along with a garment store. After his father died (not because of the attack), Gupta took over the business.
The police have registered a case under sections 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (act done with common intention) of Indian Penal Code against the said Khalid and Jabbar. Investigations are on, said police.