Man calls up Uddhav Thackeray's residence on 'behalf of Dawood Ibrahim', security beefed up

An unidentified person rang up the 'Matoshree' number twice around 10.30 pm on Saturday, said police, adding that efforts are being made to trace the call

Press Trust of India September 06, 2020 23:38:29 IST
Man calls up Uddhav Thackeray's residence on 'behalf of Dawood Ibrahim', security beefed up

File image of Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. PTI

Mumbai: An unidentified man allegedly called up Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's personal residence 'Matoshree' in Bandra, saying he was calling from Dubai on behalf of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, a police official said on Sunday.

The caller rang up twice around 10.30 pm on Saturday, following which the police beefed up security at Thackeray's bungalow located in Kalanagar Colony, the official said.

"Someone called up on 'Matoshree' phone number two times on Saturday night and said Dawood Ibrahim wanted to talk to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. However, the telephone operator did not transfer the call to the chief minister," the official said.

"The caller did not reveal his identity, but only said that he was calling from Dubai on behalf of Dawood Ibrahim. Both the calls were received around 10.30 pm," he added.

The local police were later informed about the calls, following which extra security force was deployed outside the bungalow, the official said. According to him, no case was registered in this connection.

Talking to PTI, a top police official said, "We are trying to verify whether the calls received were from Dubai or some other place. Investigation is on."

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab dismissed reports that the caller gave a threat to blow up the chief minister's residence. "There was no threat to blow up 'Matoshree'," he said. "Police have been informed about the calls and a probe
is on," the Shiv Sena leader said.

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