The actress received the first message on Nov 25 and similar messages were received several time for the next three days. Later personal assistant (PA) of the actress on Nov 28 moved the police station and filed an FIR against an unidentified person.
Police began investigation which led them to Praveenkumar Pradhan. The 23-year-old, who is a waiter by profession, allegedly wanted to extort money from Madhuri. [Rape Controversy: Meet Tapas Pal who becomes Madhuri Dixit's 'Hero' to Mamata Banerjee's 'Zero']
The accused had claimed that he has connection with underworld. Mumbai Police also seized the mobile phone which allegedly was used to send threatening messages to the actress. The waiter reportedly has confessed to his crime.
After his arrest on Dec 3, the accused was produced before a court in Mumbai on Dec 4 and has been remanded in police custody till Dec 5.
Speaking about the threatening messages to the actress, one police official was quoted as saying, "The messages were addressed to Madhuri Dixit and the sender threatened to kill her children." [Madhuri Dixit brings ignored make-up artistes to limelight]
He also said, "In one of the messages, Pradhan claimed he was associated with the gang of underworld don Chhota Rajan. The accused said he had trained a 15-year-old boy in handling weapons and bombs and this teenager would barge into Dixit's home to extort money."
Pradhan told interrogators he would have demanded the exact amount he needed if either Madhuri or her PA would have made phone calls to him, police said.
Police were verifying if he was actually associated with any organised criminal gang or was simply bragging. The accused claimed to have made threatening phone calls to some film personalities in the past, police said, adding further probe was on.