Man wanted in UP ex­tor­tion bid, held

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­

A 28-year-old man was ar­rested for al­legedly ex­tort­ing Rs5 lakh from a builder. He was nabbed in Mu­lund on Satur­day and has been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody for five days.

Both the builder and the ac­cused are from Gorakhpur in Ut­tar Pradesh. In June, the ac­cused Dablu Ya­dav had made sev­eral calls to builder in Gorakhpur. The builder, Anand­ku­mar Singh, who is in his 30s, told the po­lice that Ya­dav had threat­ened to shoot him if he did not pay the money by June 18.

A po­lice of­fi­cer from Thane crime branch unit 1 said, “Singh lodged a com­plaint with the po­lice sta­tion at Gorakhpur. He did not pay heed to Ya­dav’s threat. In June, Ya­dav fired two rounds at Singh’s house. He fled to Ghatkopar and was stay­ing with his rel­a­tives.”

The Gorakhpur Spe­cial Task Force (STF) came to know about Ya­dav hid­ing at Ghatkopar. They con­tacted the Thane crime branch unit 1 and Ya­dav was ar­rested from Mu­lund check naka.

The po­lice of­fi­cer said, “We have been look­ing for Ya­dav and we got to know from our sources that he was go­ing to Mu­lund to meet some­one. We ar­rested him near Mu­lund check naka. He had started to work in Mu­lund as a daily labourer. While in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we also re­cov­ered the mo­bile phone which he had used to call Singh.”

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