"There is an element of bragging"
Karan Johar was on the list of people, whom the Lawrence Bishnoi gang planned to target for extortion.
An alleged member of the group, Siddhesh Kamble, alias Mahakal, disclosed this to investigators, according to a police official.
As per news agency PTI, a senior official also said that these claims have not yet been verified, and there was a possibility that there was an element of bragging in Siddhesh’s statements.
He was a close aide of Santosh Jadhav, a suspected shooter in singer Sidhu Moose Wala‘s death case, as per the police official.
As per the report, Siddhesh shared information about the Sidhu murder conspiracy and named Santosh and one Nagnath Suryavanshi as having been involved in the killing.
The gang had allegedly planned to extort Rs. 5 crores from Karan Johar by threatening him, Siddhesh said.
As per his police statement, Vikram Brar, brother of Canada-based gangster Goldie Brar, had discussed these plans with him on Instagram and Signal apps.
A police officer told PTI: “With some accused, there is an element of bragging in their confessions.
“The motive behind bragging is to gain publicity and get bigger extortion amounts.
“This phenomenon is common in Punjab and other neighbouring states. They (gangsters) want their names to get associated with high-profile cases.
“Mahakal is a small fish. Vikram Brar told him about Karan Johar. Why Brar told this to Mahakal, who is just a foot soldier?
“Because Brar wants to increase his clout and impress youths like Mahakal.”
Earlier in June, Salman Khan and his father Salim Khan reportedly received a death threat.
Their security team found the letter outside their Mumbai home, near the Bandra Bandstand promenade, where Salim Khan goes for his routine morning jog.
Later, PTI had reported, quoting Maharashtra Home Department: “The gang was preparing to extort money from big businessmen and actors.”
Days later, Times Network reported that Lawrence Bishnoi had sent a contract killer to assassinate Salman.
The gunman’s weapon had been hidden in a hockey stick case that had been modified.
According to reports, a gunman plotted to kill the Bollywood megastar outside his home, however, the shooting did not happen.
The assassin was reportedly outside Salman’s home but he backed out at the last minute over fears that he would be caught by police.
A police officer was at Salman’s home that day and was with the actor as he had to attend an event.
As a result, the assassin and his associates decided not to carry out the killing.
It is believed that Lawrence Bishnoi and his men monitored Salman and knew that his security team does not accompany the actor when he goes out cycling in the morning.