The lives of some of Bollywood’s leading actors are in danger due to various reasons including their nationality, controversial films they have been in and their connection to gangsters. As the state does its best to protect them, after receiving multiple death threats, actors Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher should have stepped up their security measures.
According Hindustan time, the Maharashtra government upgraded the security of each actor after an internal assessment revealed threats against them. According to reports, Khan will receive a Y+ security blanket which, according to The fifth, means that it will have a total of 11 security personnel, including one or two commandos.
Five of them will be stationed at his residence (one commando, four constables) and three personal security officers (PSOs) will accompany him wherever he goes. PSOs are deployed on a rotational basis in three teams (i.e. one PSO with designated person at a time). Former Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni was also given this level of security.
Kumar and Kher will be assigned Category X security, meaning they will each be assigned two armed personnel at all times. No commandos are planned. The cost of extra caution will be borne by celebrities.
According to the report, Kher received enhanced security coverage as the release of his film The Kashmir Files was followed by death threats. Kumar got security based on social media threats to his nationality.
Khan and his father, Salim Khan, received death threats in June, after which he was also given a weapon in self-defense. Her security was also tightened on June 6, and a police van was deployed outside her residence after her father found a threatening note addressed to them the day before. Their security team found the letter outside their Mumbai home, near the Bandra Bandstand promenade, where the Sultan star’s father goes for his routine morning jog. “Moosewala jaisa kar doonga (You will meet the same fate as Moosewala),” the threatening note read, referring to the sudden and brutal murder of Punjabi rapper Sidhu Moosewala on May 29 this year.
An FIR was registered and Mumbai police arrested several thugs from the Bishnoi gang, many of whom confessed to targeting Khan. The Kick actor’s security then shifted from police to personal guards after investigations in Mumbai, Punjab and Delhi revealed that gangsters Bishnoi and Goldy Brar planned to kill Khan in Mumbai. Reports suggested he was tempted twice – once outside his Bandra home during his birthday celebration in 2017 and once at his Panvel farm in 2018.