City Police on Thursday claimed to have prevented an attack on an 'important' film personality with the arrest of two alleged members of Ravi Pujari gang, who had planned to open firing at the residence of the celebrity in western suburbs.
The two arrested accused Kalam Nazeem Khan (32) and Sayyed Sahid Hussain (25) were arrested from outside the residence of the 'important' film personality last night before they could execute the crime, Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said.
"The two had planned to open firing at the residence of this personality last night at the behest of Pujari. They were supposed to leave a slip in which abusive language was used and a telephone number was written," Roy said.
However, the IPS officer parried the questions when asked about the identity of the film personality.
Two 9 mm pistols, nine cartridges and three mobile phones were recovered from the two, who were produced before a local court which remanded them in police custody till July 8, he said.
"Pujari had instructed them to open firing and leave a slip stating that if the personality does not call on the telephone number mentioned on it, he would be killed," Roy added.
Roy did not clarify if the victim was at the residence at the time the duo was caught but stated that, "The victim earlier did not complain about any threats from anybody. But now he has been provided security,".
Police sources said the concerned film personality was not co-operating and the phone number mentioned on the slip indicated it was international destination.
Pujari had earlier made threatening calls to filmmakers like Yash Chopra, Mahesh Bhatt and Ravi Kapoor, police said.
In 2006, police had arrested five members of the Pujari gang allegedly involved in case of firing inside Bhatt's office in suburban Juhu.
The Pujari gang had targeted influential people in Mumbai and surrounding areas for extortion and instilled fear in the victims through sensational firing incidents, police said.
In the past two years, Pujari's gang was actively involved in several crimes across the metropolis after which police had cracked down the gang by nabbing several of his aides.
Pujari gang members were involved in four firing incidents last year and at least three incidents this year, police said.