Kannada actor Arjun Dev has claimed a goon is out to kill him at the behest of some unknown people. The police, who initially took up a non-cognisable report (NCR) case, have now registered an FIR following a court order.
The 35-year-old actor claimed that Kashif, a history-sheeter from Islampur, had taken supari (killing contract) to eliminate him. Dev, who lives in Deepanjali Nagar off Mysuru Road, approached the jurisdictional Byatrayanapura police on March 19 and complained about the "death threat". He sought police protection, saying Kashif had even done a recce of his house. The actor said he learnt about the "murder plot" from a well-wisher on March 16.
When the police took up only an NCR case and sent him away, the actor filed a private complaint at a court, which then directed the officers to register a case of criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy under the relevant IPC sections, and investigate it. The police obeyed the court orders.
A police source, however, said the actor's accusations were the fallout of a property dispute between him and another party. The property is in Ramanagaram.
Ravi D Channannavar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), said: "We have issued a notice to the complainant to record his statement and I have instructed the ACP to conduct a thorough impartial investigation." Dev acted in a lead role in the Kannada film Yuga Purusha. He is also a local Congress functionary.