Kangana Ranaut claimed to have heard two bullet sounds near her residence in Manali on the night of July 31, 2020. The actress feels this may have been a ploy to intimidate her for picking bones with many in Bollywood and the politics, following her claims about Sushant Singh Rajput's mysterious death on June 14, 2020.
The police in Manali, on the other hand, believe it to be a 'case of stray noise'. The local cops in the hill town haven't found any concrete evidence in preliminary investigations, but have deployed a team at Kangana Ranaut's residence nevertheless. They will continue to investigate the matter further.
Three police constables have been deployed at Kangana Ranaut's residence at Manali overnight, and a probe into the matter has been launched.
Kangana Heard A Cracker-Like Sound, Then Felt It Was A Gunshot
Speaking to The Times of India, Kangana Ranaut said she heard a cracker-like sound first at around 11:30 pm, and the second one sounded more like a gunshot. When she enquired with her security about the matter, he was of the opinion that it must be children playing with crackers. But Kangana thought that he must have never heard a bullet sound and so he wouldn't know. She further claimed that the five people who were with her felt that indeed it was a bullet sound and so they called the police.
It Was Right Opposite Her Room
"I have heard the sound of a bullet and I think it was definitely a bullet, very intently fired twice, two shots with a gap of about eight seconds between them. And it was right opposite my room. So it seems like someone was behind the boundary walls, there's a jungle and a water body there," she told TOI.
Police: No Chemical Trace, Bullet Empties Or Cartridges Found
Gaurav Singh, the Superintendent of Police, Kullu, told TOI, "A team headed by a DSP rank officer was rushed to the spot immediately. Nothing concrete came out as, prima facie, it appears to be a case of stray noise created by landlords or farm keepers, who are on night vigil to protect their orchards and farms from wild animals. The area has a lot of farms. Also, forensic experts were with the team, but no chemical trace, bullet empties or cartridges were recovered."
Kangana continued, "I do feel that, you know, because I have made a political comment on people who are known for their goondagardi. So, this may have been a small-time alarming call for me that okay, you know, don't talk like that about us or something like that... to me seems like that, because such an activity has never happened here before. And I have witnesses who have also heard it along with me."
Kangana Ranaut added, "I think some local people may have been hired to come near my place, you know, it is not difficult to pay someone seven-eight thousand rupees here and assign them something like this. To do this to make a statement on the day I called out the chief minister's son - I don't think it was a coincidence. People are telling me that they will now make your life miserable in Mumbai. Well, I don't have to be in Mumbai, they are doing it here also. Is there open goondagardi in this country? This is how Sushant must have been frightened. But I will continue to ask questions."
Kangana Ranaut has been staying in her new Manali home since the March 2020 lockdown amid the Novel Coronavirus pandemic.