MUMBAI : The Mumbai Police have granted a licence for a personal gun to Bollywood star Salman Khan following death threats in June against him and his father, veteran writer Salim Khan, official sources said here on Monday.
In late July, Salman Khan had called on Police Commissioner Vivek Phansalkar with a request for the gun licence, though the police had vehemently denied the same.
The application was routed through the proper channel, and after all formalities were completed last week, the licence papers were handed over on Sunday.
“Actor Salman Khan has been issued an Arms license after he applied for a weapon license for self-protection in the backdrop of threat letters that he received recently,” the Mumbai Police, said, in an official statement.
According to media reports, in his request, the ‘Dabangg’ actor wrote that he sought “self-protection” in the backdrop of the death threat letters that he had received from some members of Lawrence Bishnoi’s gang.
Following a hand-scrawled death threat to the father-son duo, the Mumbai Police had tightened security at their Bandra west residence and initiated other measures, while the actor moved for a weapon licence.
Reports also claimed that Salman Khan upgraded his vehicle to a bulletproof Land Cruiser ever since he received the threat. The vehicle has apparently been fitted with armour and bulletproof glass.
In early June, a note was recovered with a threat to the Khan celebs, “you will meet the same fate as Moosewala”, the Punjabi singer who was killed in May. — IANS