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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s office gets three threat calls, security beefed up

Union minister Nitin Gadkari

The Nagpur Police in Maharashtra has beefed up the security for Union minister Nitin Gadkari after his local office received three threatening phone calls on Saturday.

According to the police, the office received three calls at 11.25 am, 11.32 am, and 12.32 pm at the landline number of Gadkari’s office from the BSNL network-registered number. The call records are being obtained, it added.

At least three calls were received by Gadkari’s private office in the city – between 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. – and the caller purportedly uttered the name of absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, the IANS report said.

The unknown caller reportedly made extortion demands and issued death threats targeting Gadkari – who is currently in Nagpur for the Makar Sankranti festival — before disconnecting abruptly.

“There were three phone calls. The details are being found, and our crime branch will work on the CDR (Call Detail Record). An analysis is underway and the existing security has been increased. The security at the venue of the program of minister Gadkari has also been beefed up,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rahul Madane, Nagpur told ANI.

He also said that the cyber team and other investigative teams of the Nagpur police have deployed to investigate the matter.

The police have increased the security wherever Gadkari’s programs were held, it added.

A probe into the matter is underway.