Five aides of fugi­tive don ar­rested for ex­tor­tion

Mid Day - - CITY - SU­RAJ OJHA su­raj.ojha@mid-day.com

THE Anti-Ex­tor­tion Cell on Fri­day ar­rested five peo­ple who worked for fugi­tive gang­ster Guru Satam. Probe has re­vealed that of the five, who en­gaged in ex­tor­tion, one works as a BMC cleaner.

Like a clock­work

The po­lice said the ar­rested have been iden­ti­fied as Amol Vichare (con­victed in a mur­der case and re­cently re­leased), Bharat Solanki (used to make the calls), Ra­jesh Am­bre (has over 53 cases reg­is­tered against him), Bipin Dhotre (han­dled Satam’s fi­nances and sent the ex­torted money to him via hawala), and Deepak Lod­hiya (used to col­lect in­for­ma­tion about builders and busi­ness­men and send it to Satam).

Po­lice sources said Satam formed the gang last year. Dilip Sawant, DCP, crime branch, said, “He’d called a renowned busi­ness­man and de­manded R60 lakh. The vic­tim had paid out of fear. Satam then be­came over­con­fi­dent and tried ex­tort­ing money from other busi­ness­men. Later, when a vic­tim ap­proached us, we started work­ing on the case.”

In cus­tody

An­other of­fi­cer said, “The ac­cused had man­aged to go into hid­ing but we ar­rested them. There are oth­ers in­volved in this busi­ness.”

“Apart from a list of names of the peo­ple the gang was plan­ning to tar­get in the next cou­ple of days, we have also re­cov­ered two firearms, five live rounds and 11 mo­bile phones. The ac­cused were pro­duced in court, which sent them to po­lice cus­tody till July 21,” Sawant added.

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