The Mumbai police, probing the allegations of threat against Bollywood actor Salman Khan, today recorded the statements of a fisherman's family.
The fisherman, 65-year-old Lawrence Falcon, has alleged that the actor, his father Salim Khan and his bodyguards threatened him and his family to shift their boats and fishing nets from the beach, since these "blocked the sea view" from the star's recently purchased Bandra West suburban sea-facing residence.
The statements of Salman Khan, his father and at least five of their bodyguards could also be recorded soon, police sources said.
Recently, Additional Police Commissioner Vishwas Nangre Patil had assured the fisherman that Deputy Police Commissioner Chhering Dorje would conduct an impartial inquiry into the matter.
Three complaints had already been filed by the fisherman's family at the Bandra police station in September 2011, as well as in May and December last year.
However, instead of registering FIRs against the actor, his father and bodyguards, the police registered only non-cognisable offences, the fisherman had alleged.
The actor had bought two cottages, 'Belle View' and 'Benar', at suburban Bandra West's sea-facing Chimbai area in 2011 and had barricades put up around them.
The fisherman's family, which parks their boats and puts up fishing nets on the beach, had alleged that the actor's bodyguards began harassing them soon after he purchased these cottages.
Falcon had also alleged that plastic sheets used to cover their boats began disappearing. He had alleged that one of his family members was even assaulted by the actor's bodyguards.
The family stated that the Khans had also offered them money if they removed their boats and fishing nets from the beach.