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Bollywood star Salman Khan. Image Credit: REUTERS

Bollywood star Salman Khan, who had previously applied for a weapon license for self-protection, will now be provided with Y+ category security by the Mumbai Police as the actor is perceived to be under threat.

The Maharashtra state government has taken this step after the actor earlier received a threat letter from the Lawrence Bishnoi gang.

Just days after the killing of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala on May 29, Salman and his father Salim Khan received a death threat. Salim’s security team found the letter outside their Mumbai home near the Bandra Bandstand promenade, where he goes for his routine morning jog.

After the threat letter, Salman submitted an application to the Mumbai Police seeking a weapon licence for his own protection.

As per the information received from Maharashtra Home Department, the reason behind the Bishnoi gang threatening Salman and his father was to create an atmosphere to show their power. Following the incident, the Maharashtra Department of Home Affairs increased the security for Salman.

Last month, Delhi Police made a revelation in the case pertaining to the alleged plot to kill Salman. They said that the Bishnoi gang members tried to befriend the staff of the actor’s farmhouse in Mumbai to ascertain the details about the timings of his entry and exit.