Mumbai police have provided security at the office of industrialist Nusli Wadia following threat calls from fugitive underworld don Ravi Pujari, police said today.
A police contingent has been deployed outside Wadia International Centre at Lower Parel since yesterday. The deployment would be during duty hours alone, sources said, adding that threat perception would be reviewed before providing personal security to the industrialist.
"Policemen have been deployed outside the Wadias' office. No security has been provided to any individual. We will review threat perception and then decide if there is a need to provide personal security to anybody," Additional Police Commissioner (Central Region) Madhukar Pandey said.
Nusli Wadia's elder son Ness is embroiled in a bitter feud with his former girlfriend and Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, who has accused the Bombay Dyeing group scion of abuse and molestation during an IPL match on May 30.
The 39-year-old actress had filed a police complaint against Ness Wadia (44) on June 12 night alleging he had molested her at Wankhede stadium during an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings.
Ness and Zinta continue to be co-owners of IPL team Kings XI Punjab despite their break up a few years ago.
Based on her complaint, Marine Drive police station have registered an FIR and is probing the allegations.
The matter turned murkier when the Wadia group filed a police complaint on Tuesday claiming they had received threatening calls and a text message from underworld don Ravi Pujari warning that their "business will be in trouble" if the actress was harassed.
Two personal secretaries to Nusli Wadia were said to have received five calls and a threatening text message from Pujari on Monday following which an FIR was registered and the case handed over to the Anti-Extortion Cell of the Crime Branch for probe.
Meanwhile, police have recorded the statement of IPL's Chief Operating Officer Sundar Raman in connection with the complaint lodged by Zinta.
In her written complaint, Zinta had alleged that Ness Wadia had publicly humiliated her on several occasions, including once at an IPL auction where Raman was present.