Popular Bollywood actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar recently filed a police complaint at Dadar Police Station, after he received an extortion message to pay Rs 35 crores.  The film maker alleged that he received the message from an unidentified person claiming to be a member of dreaded underworld don Abu Salem’s gang. Now according to the latest update, a 34-year-old tea seller was arrested on Thursday for threatening Mahesh Manjrekar and demanding extortion amount of Rs 35 crore from him.

 According to the police report, Tulasankar, who had a tea stall at Dharavi in Central Mumbai, said that he decided to attempt extortion as his stall had closed due to lockdown and he needed money. He threatened to harm the Bollywood director Mahesh Manjrekar if money was not paid. Tulasankar claimed to belong to a gang run by Abu Salem, a gangster and 1993 Mumbai blasts accused who is in jail. Tulasankar added that he planned the extortion bid after watching Abu Salem’s videos on YouTube. Tulasankar got  Mahesh Manjrekar’ mobile number from a website which provides information about candidates who contest the elections. Mahesh  Manjrekar had contested the Lok Sabha election on MNS ticket in the year 2014.

The police has registered a case under IPC sections 385 (extortion) on Wednesday.

In Tollywood, Mahesh Manjrekar was seen in Prabhas starrer Saaho.