Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Nana Patole recently asked why Bollywood celebrities, including actors Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, who had tweeted about high fuel prices during the UPA regime were quiet now. Meanwhile, recovered 20 gelatin sticks from a Scorpio parked near Mukesh Ambani's residence. Stars such as Bachchan and Kumar had tweeted when the price of petrol rose to Rs 70 per litre, Patole said. “Rising fuel prices have hit common people’s homes. During the Manmohan Singh government people like Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar used to tweet (about fuel prices). Today they are silent,” Nana Patole, the state Congress chief, said. Don’t they have the courage to speak against “the dictatorial Modi government” he further asked, before meting out a threat.
The prices of branded or additive-laced petrol, which attracts higher taxes, have crossed the Rs 100-mark in some places, including Maharashtra, it was reported. In Mumbai, petrol now costs Rs 96.32 a litre and diesel Rs 87.32, the report said. “In Maharashtra, we will not allow the shooting of films involving Amitabh Bachchan or Akshay Kumar. Either you speak up against the anti-national policies of the Narendra Modi government or we will stop your movies’ shooting,” he said.
Coming to Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan’s rescue, state BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said the Congress’ soul was dictatorial while it wore the mask of democracy. “Since their office is on Akbar Road, they will walk only Akbar’s path. Amitabh Bachchan isn’t going to be worried about their threats. He had faced similar threats from Gabbar Singh in the movie Sholay,” Mungantiwar said.
Ram Kadam of the BJP said the Congress was threatening highly talented personalities. “Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar are talented and respected personalities. And now, the Congress party is saying that they won’t allow shooting or release of their films. We want to ask Congress what is the crime of these Bollywood stars,” BJP leader Ram Kadam said.
“Is tweeting in favour of the nation a crime? There are international elements hatching a conspiracy against the government and the Congress party is supporting these elements. But we want to warn the Congress that the entire nation is standing with the people who have shown support for the cause of the nation,” the BJP leader said.
Mukesh Ambani's family threatened
Two days after an SUV carrying explosive material was found abandoned outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani's home Antilia in Mumbai, a police investigation into the matter has revealed that at least two vehicles were involved in the execution of this threat. Police recovered 20 gelatin sticks from a Scorpio. The police also found several number plates inside the vehicle, some of them matching the number plates of vehicles used by the Ambani family's security team.
The Mumbai Police has roped in all its specialised investigative branches to crack this case. Sources said over 15 persons have been questioned and hundreds of CCTV cameras are being scanned. A threatening letter addressed to Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita Ambani was also recovered from the Scorpio. The letter said that the unassembled gelatin sticks and the SUV outside Antilia were just a "trailer". Warning that next time the gelatin sticks will be assembled, the letter adds that plans to attack the Ambani family are ready.
According to the police, two cars - an Innova (white colour) and a Scorpio (green colour) - were used to execute this threat. Both cars drove up to Mukesh Ambani's residence from Thane or a neighbouring area. CCTV analysis has revealed that the two vehicles drove towards Antilia separately, but from the same direction. The vehicles met up at a spot in Mumbai and then drove to Antilia together.
Cameras at the Mulund toll post captured the green Scorpio heading towards Mumbai around 1.20 am on Thursday morning. The white Innova was also seen crossing the Mulund toll post and travelling towards Mumbai around the same time. Once there, the person driving the Scorpio parked it outside Mukesh Ambani's house, climbed into the Innova and fled the spot. The Innova then returned towards Thane using the Eastern Express Highway. In Thane, CCTVs couldn't capture the vehicle's movement due to low light.
Threatening, film pesonalties and Ambani will remind the Shiv Sena's sons of soil agitation during Bal Thackeray's time. The Sena that time threatened south Indians and other non-Marathis. It fizzled out after some time, since Mumbai is the commercial capital and nobody can prevent others from doing their genuine business and Indians can live in any part of the country.