The calls allegedly were made from a Pakistan number which showed up ‘Dawood 2’ when searched on TrueCaller, a caller ID and phone number database that can be freely accessed, she said.
The caller (a male voice) asked her to take back all cases against Mr Khadse otherwise he would make her “life miserable”. Ms Damania has recorded the threat call and she submitted a clip of the recording to the police.
The voice said that he knows she has family and said that her actions were making things difficult for many people.
Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, Ms Damania said, “I got a phone call. The first thing said in the phone call was ‘Is this Anjali?’ Hearing that language itself was a shock for me. ‘Whatever cases you have filed against Khadse, take them back. Failing to do the same, your life would be hell. You even have a family. You have created a nuisance in everyone’s life.'”
“After the call was disconnected, along with my husband, I ran a Google search and found that ‘+92’ is the Pakistani country code and the later digit 21 is a Karachi’s country code but I don’t have any idea if the call was routed, cloned, or anything else,” she added.
Ms Damania spoke to the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis about the call. A case has been registered by the police based on her complaint and the investigation has started.
Anjali Damania has also tweeted to Union Home Minister and the Prime Minister to take cognizance of the threats. She has sought time from the two leaders to meet them.
I appeal to PM @narendramodi@PMOIndia & @rajnathsingh to give me time to urgently see them.Threat call? to a citizen? I want my Govt to act
– Mrs Anjali Damania (@anjali_damania) September 23, 2017
Eknath Khadse, a former minister and senior BJP leader, resigned from the Maharashtra cabinet after allegations of misuse of office to facilitate a land deal made by his family. Ms Damania, along with others, had filed public interest litigation (PIL) alleging that Mr Khadse has amassed disproportionate assets.
Earlier, the Mumbai Police cyber cell had arrested hacker and Jalgaon resident Manish Bhangale, who had alleged last year that Ekanath Khadse had been speaking to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Mr Bhangale, according to the police, had created a fake mobile bill on a computer to show call records between Mr Khadse and underworld Dawood Ibrahim’s residence in Pakistan.