Security was beefed up at Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s home and office in Nagpur on Tuesday after a person stole Rs 10 crore. As well threatened to harm a senior BJP leader if he did not give the money. The caller demanded Rs 10 crore and threatened to harm the Union minister if the money was not given.
Union minister Gadkari has received extortion threats for the second time in three months. Earlier on January 14, a person calling himself a priest had called Gadkari’s public relations office and demanded Rs 100 crore.
The caller claimed that he is a member of the Dawood Ibrahim gang
A police officer gave this information. He said the caller identified himself as Jayesh Pujari alias Jayesh Kant, whose name was used to make similar threat calls to the minister’s office in January.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-II) Rahul Madane said three calls were made to Gadkari’s public relations office opposite Orange City Hospital in Nagpur. Of these, calls were made twice in the morning and once at around 12 noon. He said that the caller demanded Rs 10 crore and threatened to harm the Union minister if the money was not paid.
Nagpur DCP Rahul Madane said, three calls were received at Nitin Gadkari’s office by a person who identified himself as Jayesh Pujari. Number one turned out to be of a woman, who is a resident of Mangaluru. We also talked to her, she works in event management. We are ascertaining whether the call was made by his friend or Jayesh Pujari.
Significantly, on January 14, a person calling himself a priest had called Gadkari’s public relations office and demanded Rs 100 crore. The caller claimed that he is a member of the Dawood Ibrahim gang. The priest, who is jailed in Karnataka’s Belagavi, had denied his involvement in the threatening phone calls. The priest has been given death sentence in the murder case.