Pooja Bhatt Receives Threatening Calls
Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Pooja Bhatt recently got threatening and abusive calls that led the actor to file a complaint at the police station in Bandra. The caller had not been identified by the actor. However, the police have traced the call that indicates it was made from a village in the Latur district of Maharashtra.
A source said, “The caller gave his name as Ashish Pandit.” He also added, “A Mumbai police team reached Latur late on Thursday to arrest him and bring him to the city.”
However, things had not been easy for the actor. She got calls on two occasions- on Tuesday and on Wednesday at 11:15pm and 12:45 am respectively.
Pooja said, “Initially I didn't answer since I did not recognize the number. Since the caller persisted I assumed it was an emergency and answered.”
Later, she also stated that the person at the police helpline was ‘insensitive’. She claimed, “I introduced myself as Pooja Bhatt, an actor/filmmaker residing in Bandra (w), and explained that I was getting abusive and threatening calls. I asked if the police could help me and advice on how to register a complaint and eventually trace the number."
She added, “The lady told me she can't do anything and asked me to go to the nearest police station. I told her that it was not practically possible for me to go to the police station alone at 1am, she got extremely brusque." The helpline attendant after being indifferent to her plight hung up to which she said, “I felt more violated by this than by the caller abusing me.”
The actor then also tweeted about her bad experience to which somebody told her to dial 103 which was meant only for women. Pooja then announced, “A very pleasant voice answered the phone and expressed great concern. I was given the number of Bandra police station and told to call them immediately.”
She added, “She insisted that I write down all phone numbers of Bandra police station and asked me to call her back in case I did not get through. She neutralized the unfortunate experience I had with 100."
Mahesh Bhatt also said “It's organized terror” as he too "received a call from the same number at 12.35 am (today)". He added, “We need to stand up and stare into the eyes of the bully. Pooja is a brave woman. I am happy that she did not get intimidated by this 'terror' call and went to the police.”
The Bandra police have registered the offence under sections, ‘509 (act to insult the modesty of a woman) and 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication)’ of the Indian Penal Court.