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A suspect Sandeep Sahu has been arrested from Uttar Pradesh by the UP special’s task force and Mumbai crime branch for allegedly being behind the threatening calls made to Mahesh Bhatt on February 26, where he threatened to kill him and his family.

Mahesh Bhatt, renowned filmmaker of Bollywood, on February 26, received a call which at first was believed to be a prank call. But, later he started getting messages on Whatsapp and a further call on his personal number.

This was followed by a call a gang leader made threatening to riddle his family with bullets if he does not deposit 50 lakh, Indian rupees, in a bank based in Lucknow.

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The filmmaker, for the safety and protection of his family hurriedly filed a complaint at Juhu Police station under section 387 (causing a person to fear death or grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion). Tweet confirms.

Using the power of social media, he tweeted earlier today the threat has been “nipped in the bud,” appreciating the efforts of MP and UP police.

However, this isn’t the first time Mahesh was targeted. In November 2014, a group comprising of 13 people were arrested who were plotting his execution.

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Mahesh Bhatt, is one of the active supporters of peace between India and Pakistan. In 2015, he produced a Punjabi film “Dushman” which when screened he said he hoped it would unfold a new chapter of friendship between the two countries. The film also had a role played by the Pakistani actor, Humayun Saeed. In 2015, he also flew to Lahore on the request of Humayun Saeed for the screening of ‘Jawani Phir Nahi Ani’ which he loved and could not stop tweeting about.

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