The Chennai Police on Tuesday received two separate calls from the same unknown person claiming that he had planted bombs at the residences of Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) leader Vijayakanth and actor Dhanush, according to a report by DT Next.
The anonymous person first called the Chennai Police control room in the morning and told them about the bomb at Vijayakanth’s house. He then called three hours later claiming that another bomb was planted at Dhanush’s house in Teynampet.
According to the reports, the police rushed to Vijayakanth’s house in Virugambakkam along with a bomb squad and sniffer dogs and realised that the call was an hoax.
After investigation, no bombs were found at Dhanush’s house either. However, security in the locality was tightened.
The police are on the lookout for the anonymous caller.
This was the latest instance of a slew of hoax bomb threats directed towards members of the Tamil film industry.
In June, a Class VIII student from a school in Nellikuppam called the Chennai City Police and claimed that bombs had been planted at actor Rajinikanth’s residence. According to the police, three months ago, the student had made two calls and claimed that a bomb has been planted at actor Suriya’s residence.
The police later said that the person was suffering from mental illness released the person with only a warning.
Meanwhile, DMDK president Vijayakanth and with his wife Premalatha recently tested positive for Covid-19. After receiving treatment for 10 days, the two were discharged from a private hospital on October 2. Vijayakanth was later hospitalised again last week for secondary tests and was discharged on October 10.
Actor Dhanush began shooting for Hindi film Atrangi Re, directed by Aanand L Rai, on Monday. He posted a photo of himself with a camera and wrote: “One true love. Missed you so much.” He will be sharing screen with Sara Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar.