Mumbai, Jan 20 (PTI) Police have arrested five members of the Suresh Pujari gang including three ‘shooters’ for allegedly trying to extort money from a South Mumbai-based businessman. Also Read - Mumbai Rains: Heavy Rains Paralyse City, IMD Warns of 'Flooding', Local Trains Suspended Due to Waterlogging; BMC Declares Holiday
The gangsters initially demanded Rs 50 lakh from the businessman over phone. After an incident of firing at a hotel at Bhiwandi, in which the Pujari gang was said to be involved, they began demanding Rs 1 crore, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Dilip Sawant today. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Receives Notice From BMC Over 'Unauthorised Construction' of Her Residence, Here’s What They Found ‘Illegal’
If he didn’t pay, he will face similar attack, the callers told him, the DCP said. Also Read - Mumbai Rains Updates: IMD Predicts More Rains, CM Takes Stock of Situation
After he approached the MRA Marg police station here, a case of extortion was lodged.
“We kept an eye on his shop and the surrounding area and picked up Prathmesh Kotian (30) on suspicion yesterday.
His interrogation led to the arrest of Sanket Dalvi (25),” he said.
The duo told police that they worked for Pujari. While Kotian collected information about the extortion target, Dalvi arranged shooters for the gangster, Sawant said.
Based on the information given by Dalvi and Kotian, police today arrested three `shooters’, identified as Prathmesh Kadam (22), Noor Khan (20) and Aniket Thakur (25), as they arrived in Dadar from Ratnagiri.
Two fire-arms, four rounds and some magazines were recovered from their possession, Sawant said.
“Noor Khan had executed the shooting at a hotel at Kongaon in Bhiwandi tehsil on January 10,” he said.
A hotel receptionist was injured in the attack.
All five accused have been remanded in police custody till January 25, the DCP said, adding that further investigation was underway.
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