It took Mumbai crime branch's anti-extortion cell just twelve hours to arrest the culprit.
Yesterday, it was reported that Mahesh Bhatt received a phone call from an individual asking for Rs 50 lakh. If Mr Bhatt failed to pay the sum, the man threatened to kill Mahesh Bhatt's wife Soni Razdan and daughter Alia Bhatt.
Turns out the culprit is a certain Sandeep Sahu, an unemployed 24-year-old man from Lucknow.
Sandeep posed as dreaded underworld gangster Babloo Srivastava and made the threat call. In one text message, Sahu had asked Mr Bhatt to deposit the money in a bank account, with an address in Lucknow, via wire transfer.
This gave the police the lead they needed. They contact Uttar Pradesh's special task force and the man was finally tracked down. Sahu will be brought to Mumbai on Friday.
More details emerge:
Sandeep Sahu planned the entire drama because he needed to repay Rs 6 lakh to his relatives from whom he had borrowed money to set up his shoe shop.
After the shop ran losses, Sahu came to Mumbai last year, hoping to become an actor. But that dream did not work out.
"Sahu said he planned the offence when his relatives began to harass him for money upon his return to Lucknow three months ago. After getting hold of Bhatt's contact, he impersonated Srivastava, who was once Dawood's aide and is in jail," an officer was d by the Times of India as saying.
Mahesh Bhatt received the first call from Sahu on February 26. He initially brushed it aside, thinking of it as a prank. After numerous other calls, text messages and Whatsapp messages as well, Mahesh Bhatt contacted the police.