Bollywood’s Bhai aka Salman Khan was in danger as gangster Sampat Nehra had been plotting to execute actor him and wanted to kill the star. But, on Wednesday he was arrested by a special task force of Haryana Police and was brought to Gurugram on infiltration remand.

According to the deputy inspector general, Haryana STF Satheesh Balan said: “Preliminary questioning during the journey from Hyderabad has revealed that Salman Khan was on the gang’s hitlist and Nehra alone had been assigned to execute the operation. He went to Mumbai for two days and clicked photographs, took note of the actor’s movement around the balcony and house in Galaxy Apartment, possibly to gauge the distance and weaponry required.”

Sampat is retired assistant sub-inspector of Chandigarh police’s son and him also a national level decathlon athlete. While he is accused in numbers of cases including murder, extortion, carjacking and robber and a key member of Lawrence Bishnoi’s gang.

Deputy inspector general Balan added, “Bishnoi is running the network from jail and has been in touch with Nehra and other aides through mobile phones.” “The police suspected Bishnoi’s gang, which uses social media and Whatsapp for its operations, receives funding from abroad,” said Balan.

A senior police official said, “He stayed in Ghatkopar, Mumbai. After the first recce, Nehra wanted to maintain a low profile and had been camping in Hyderabad for the past 20 days. He was going to return to Mumbai in a few days for another recce.” Police will present Sampat Nehra is the court for remand and investigation.