Three arrested for threatening Dhoni

Published: Friday, January 2, 2009, 13:45 [IST]
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3 arrested in Dhoni extortion case

Ranchi: Police have arrested three people in connection with the extortion demand of Rs 50 lakhs for Dhoni.

Dhoni's family had received as received an extortion letter on Monday demanding Rs 50 lakhs. The letter has been signed by Tasleem, who claimed to be a close associate of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. A second letter, received on Wednesday, threatened to blow up Dhoni's house if the demand for the money was not met and if the police were informed about it.

Dhoni met police officials on Wednesday, handing over the letters and discussing the security of his family members. He left Ranchi on Thursday amid tight security.

Acting on the threat letter, Ranchi police arrested three people on Thursday night.

The arrested, identified as Ranjit, Sadiq and Parvez, are being interrogated. The police have also questioned Taslim's family members to know his whereabouts.

"We are investigating three angles. First, was it really Taslim who wrote the letter, second, could it be the handiwork of any rival gang, and third, is it someone playing a prank," a police official said.


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