Inside the Ambanis’ latest security nightmare: an unknown caller rang a Reliance Industries hospital 9 times in 2 hours to threaten Mukesh’s life – now India’s richest are once more on high alert

The Ambani family live a life of ultimate luxury – but not everyone is happy about it. Photo: @mukeshh.ambani/Instagram
In the space of just 18 months, the mega wealthy Ambani family have come under attack not once, but twice. First it was a bomb threat that turned out to be a full blown plot to kill the family, and now the Ambanis find themselves on high alert again after several threatening phone calls.
As a result, India’s richest clan – Mukesh, Nita, Isha, Akash and Anant Ambani – are once more being forced to deploy extra security to ensure their safety, according to Mint.
Mukesh Ambani has a net worth of over US$100 billion, and his family are often photographed enjoying lavish parties and events. Photo: @nitaambaniii/Instagram

Although Indian police seem confident they have caught the man responsible for the latest threats, the incident has once more raised eyebrows around the risks associated with the family, who don’t shy away from the spotlight.

Here’s what you need to know.

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What just happened to the Ambanis?

Rolling with Mukesh Ambani comes at a price: Mukesh and Nita Ambani with their son Anant Ambani and his fiancée Radhika Merchant. Photo: @radhikamerchantfc/Instagram

Multiple Indian media outlets are reporting that an anonymous caller made up to nine phone calls threatening Mukesh and his family earlier this week. Mumbai police confirmed that it was a man who made the threats, including a warning that he would kill. He reportedly used a landline number at the Reliance Foundation Hospital in the capital. The calls were made in quick succession on August 15 between 10:39am and 12:04pm. A man was later arrested.

So who is the mystery caller?

Mumbai police stated that the man had used multiple names when making the calls, one of them being Afzal Guru, a notorious Kashmiri separatist who was hanged in February. Police later identified the culprit as Vishnu Vidhu Bhaumik. According to Indian Express, Bhaumik, 56, is a jeweller, and he called the helpline number at the hospital to make the threats. Hindustan Times reported that he hadn’t realised Afzal Guru was dead when he made the calls.

Family patriarch Dhirubhai Ambani, pictured here with his sons Mukesh and Anil Ambani, was also inexplicably mentioned in the threatening phone calls. Photo: @nita_ambani77/ Instagram

He apparently also threatened the call operator and referenced the late Dhirubhai Ambani, the patriarch of the Ambani family and founder of Reliance Industries.

An official from the Mumbai police station investigating the case told The Indian Express that Bhaumik “abused the receiver and later gave death threats to Mukesh Ambani. He even gave a reference of late Dhirubhai Ambani”.

Times Now News reported that the man has been deemed “mentally unstable” by authorities, while Hindustan Times added the man’s lawyer told courts he was undergoing treatment.

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Scary past incidents

Akash, Anant, Isha, Nita and Mukesh Ambani are the richest family in all of Asia, making them a target for hatred on more than one occasion over the past two years. Photo: Reuters
The series of shocking phone calls is merely the latest such scare to affect the Ambani family. Last year a car with 20 explosive gelatin sticks and a threatening letter were discovered outside the Ambani family home, known as Antilia.
The 27-storey Antilia in Mumbai requires some 600 staff to run, but also costs a fortune to protect. Photo: Wiki Commons
Private security notified government authorities about the mystery car and, once cordoned off, police discovered number plates and other evidence they claimed was a prelude to a more sophisticated plot to kill the Ambani family. The result was a massive bump in security around the wealthy clan.

The Ambanis’ controversial Z+ security

Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani at Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ wedding with his wife Nita Ambani, back left, daughter Isha Ambani, right, son Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant, front left. Photo: AP

Earlier this year, the Indian Supreme Court ruled that the Ambani family could continue to have security provided for them by the federal government. They now have numerous security apparatus in place, including staff and cars, all provided by the Maharashtra government.

The government argues that such high level protection is necessary “to create [a] conducive atmosphere for attracting investments”, adding it was “important to protect businessmen in the state”, according to Economic Times.

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Mukesh and Nita Ambani have Z+ security status. Photo: @mukeshambani304/Instagram
The Ambani family has Z+ security – the highest there is – which is usually reserved for government ministers. This means that Mukesh has 24/7 protection and around 50-55 commandos guarding the family at any one time. The decision has nevertheless been a controversial one, with many questioning why the Ambani family are being given special privileges because of their wealth.
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  • It hasn’t been that long since Mukesh and Nita Ambani’s Mumbai home, Antilia, became the target of a bomb threat, so is their controversial Z+ security enough to keep them safe?
  • Mumbai police said they have arrested a 56 year old man, Vishnu Vidhu Bhaumik, who even mentioned family patriarch Dhirubhai Ambani in his angry calls to the hospital