RTI ac­tivist held for ex­tor­tion at Airoli

THE AC­CUSED HAD ALSO POINTED AN UN­LI­CENSED RE­VOLVER AT THE SUP­PLIER, DE­MANDED RS20,000 EV­ERY MONTH BY THREAT­EN­ING HIM

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: A 57-year-old RTI ac­tivist, who al­legedly ex­torted money from a con­struc­tion ma­te­rial sup­plier at Airoli, was ar­rested on Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Guddu Herau alias Guddu Pe­hel­wan ex­torted around Rs70,000 from Raju Sharma, 45, a few months ago.

He had also pointed an un­li­censed re­volver at him and de­manded Rs20,000 ev­ery month and threat­ened him with dire con­se­quences if he did not act ac­cord­ingly and give him money.

“Sharma sup­plies con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als as well as labour­ers to a con­struc­tion site at Airoli, sec­tor 1,” said San­tosh Khatawkar, as­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor from Ra­bale po­lice sta­tion.

“The ac­cused ini­tially wanted to stop the con­struc­tion work for some vested in­ter­est and had ap­proached Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion and Cidco. But he did not suc­ceed in stop­ping work,” he said.

“He then ap­proached Sharma and ex­torted around Rs70,000 from him by threat­en­ing him. Af­ter that, he de­manded Rs20,000 from him ev­ery month till the time the con­struc­tion was on,” he said.

Khatawkar added that the ac­cused did not have a li­censed re­volver. “On April 27, he threat­ened Sharma with a re­volver. Many other peo­ple whom he had threat­ened also saw that he used to carry a re­volver with him,” he said.

The po­lice, how­ever, have not been able to re­cover the re­volver from him.

They have booked him un­der sec­tion 387 (putting per­son in fear of death or of griev­ous hurt in order to com­mit ex­tor­tion) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) and sec­tions 3 and 25 of the In­dian Arms Act.

He was pro­duced be­fore the ju­di­cial court on Satur­day and has been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody till May 31.

“It is too early to say some­thing about the con­struc­tion site at Airoli, sec­tor 1 and why the ac­cused was in­ter­ested in it. We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case,” Khatawkar said.

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