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Chhagan Bhujbal booked after man complains of death threat

The police said the businessman received calls from unidentified persons after he sent two videos to Bhujbal in which the latter is allegedly passing remarks against Hindu religion.

NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal. (Express Photo)

The Mumbai Police on Friday registered a case against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal and two unidentified persons for allegedly threatening a 49-year-old businessman from Chembur.

The police said the businessman received calls from unidentified persons after he sent two videos to Bhujbal in which the latter is allegedly passing remarks against Hindu religion.

According to the police, the incident took place on Friday afternoon after which the case was registered under sections 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of Indian Penal Code.

The complainant, identified as Lalitkumar Tekchandani, has alleged that he came across two videos which he sent to Bhujbal at around 3.30pm on Friday. “When I started travelling from my Chembur home to Bandra at around 4.17pm, I started getting calls and messages from unidentified persons, threatening me for sending such videos to him,” said Tekchandani in his statement to the police.

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The police said the complainant in his statement alleged that he was abused and told that “people from Dubai will bump him off”. “Tekchandani has claimed that he was threatened that he will be shot,” said a police officer.

One of the messages which the complainant received read: “First upon stop to send msgs to Bhujbal saheb and then we will discuss further. Send your location plz.” The complainant took screenshots of the messages and approached the police.

A case was then registered at Chembur police station against Bhujbal and two unidentified persons. The investigation of the case was subsequently transferred to the Crime Branch.

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Tekchandani was once seen as an aide of Bhujbal when the latter was the Public Works Department minister before his arrest on charges of corruption in March 2016. Bhujbal had spent over two years in jail.

On Saturday, Bhujbal acknowledged that he knew the complainant but claimed that he had not spoken to him for years. Bhujbal said Tekchandani has in the past filed various cases against him.

“While I know this person I had no contact with him for the last several years. However, over the past few days, I have incessantly been getting obnoxious messages targeting me from a particular number. I had recently asked my colleagues to find out the identity of this person who was sending me these messages. While one of my colleagues called up the number, he never spoke to him. The other colleague just exchanged text messages with the complainant asking him why he was troubling me. At no point was the man who turned out to be Tekchandani was threatened by either me or my colleagues,” Bhujbal said.

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Bhujbal also said that he has written to both Chief Minister and Home Minister, making them aware of the entire situation.

Bhujbal had recently earned the ire of the BJP and right wing organisations when he questioned putting up portraits of goddess Saraswati at schools in Maharashtra.

First published on: 01-10-2022 at 10:57:06 am
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