Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hunt on for man who delivered IM threat to Mukesh

Mukesh Ambani (Courtesy: India Today)
By Abhijit Sathe
Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Sunday received a letter allegedly from the Indian Mujahideen threatening to cause harm to him and his Altamount Road residence apparently in retaliation for his support to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and investing heavily in the state.
Mumbai police have launched an urgent investigation into the matter. Sources said an unidentified man hand delivered the sealed envelope to Ambani’s personal staff at his Maker Chambers office in Nariman Point on Sunday afternoon. Police are investigating how the man managed to get past Ambani’s private security personnel without being intercepted.
The letter, written in English by hand on plain paper, claimed to be written by a member of the Indian Mujahideen. The sender demanded the release of an IM operative named Danish. If Danish was not released, the sender threatened, the organisation would cause harm to the wealthiest man in the country.
The sender also claimed that Ambani had hurt the sentiments of the minorities by supporting Modi and investing heavily in Gujarat. The sender also blamed Ambani for grabbing the Waqf Board property in south Mumbai on which Ambani’s Altamount Road residence stands.
Reliance Vice President SP Nanda, aretired colonel who advices the company on security, immediately rushed to meet police commissioner Satyapal Singh and apprised him of the development. “Reliance authorities met me. We are going through the letter and finding out more,” Singh told Mumbai Mirror.
The investigation was then transferred to the Mumbai Crime Branch, which is examining the letter. Sources said the police will ask Reliance Industries for the CCTV footage from the company’s headquarters to see if the person who delivered the letter was captured on camera.
Crime Branch sources said the letter did not specify if ‘Danish’ was Mohammed Danish Ansari, a resident of Chakjora village in Darbhanga, Bihar, who was arrested in January by the NIA for providing shelter to the Bhatkal brothers before they escaped to Pakistan in 2009.
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner, crime, confirmed that the matter was being investigated by the Crime Branch, but said it was too early to comment on the details of the case. When contacted late in the night, a Reliance spokesperson said they could not comment at such short notice.

(The article appeared in Mumbai Mirror on Wednesday, February 27, 2013)

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