The manager of Karachi Bakery’s Bengaluru outlet has claimed to have received a call on Wednesday threatening to blast the bakery if the word ‘Karachi’ was not removed from the name board.

According to the Bengaluru police, the caller identified himself as Vicky Shetty, an “underworld don”.

A case has been filed and a probe has been initiated.

The alleged threat call comes on a day when tensions between India and Pakistan escalated following India’s “non-military pre-emptive” airstrikes targeting the JeM training camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 80-km from the Line of Control (LoC) early Tuesday, killing a “very large number” of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders.

Earlier on February 22, a group of angry protesters stormed into the Karachi Bakery outlet in Bengaluru’s Indiranagar, objecting to its name.

Thinking that the bakery was owned by a Pakistani company, the protesters demanded that the ‘Karachi’ part on the signboard must be covered.

They even forced the staff of the bakery to cover the ‘Karachi’ part with a national flag above it.

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The incident came amid growing tensions between India and Pakistan over the Pulwama terror attack that left at least 44 security personnel dead.

Over 44 CRPF personnel were killed and several injured in one of the deadliest terror strikes in Jammu-Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber blew up an explosive-laden vehicle near their bus in Pulwama district.