<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Crime Branch’s Anti-Extortion Cell, probing the extortion racket allegedly run by Iqbal Kaskar and his aides, on Saturday revealed that his aides used to splurge large amounts of money in dance bars. All the three accused are currently in police custody in connection with a jewellery extortion case worth Rs 15 lakh from a Thane-based jeweller. On Friday, the police managed to recover a part of this extorted jewellery.During interrogation, one of the aides, Israr, told the police that they spent cash in dance bars and sold the jewellery to a jeweller in Mahim. Following his revealation, the police approached the jeweller in Mahim and recovered the gold worth Rs 3 lakh from him. “We will return the gold to the complainant and are in the process of getting back the remaining gold as well,” said a police officer from Thane crime branch.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Chhota Shakeel, the Thane police in Maharashtra have booked underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his brother Anees Ibrahim in an extortion racket.The development comes a fortnight after Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and two of his aides — Mumtaz Sheikh and Israr Ali Jamil Sayyad — were arrested by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of the Thane police, led by ‘encounter specialist’ Pradeep Sharma and his team, in an extortion case of Rs 30 lakh and four flats from a builder.Dawood and Anees have been named as a wanted accused in the extortion case that was registered on Tuesday.Thane police have booked Kaskar and his gang members in a fresh case of extorting Rs 3 crore from a prominent builder in north Mumbai. This is the third extortion case registered against Kaskar and his gang members after their arrest.Chhota Shakeel, whose role had also emerged in the extortion racket case, had already been declared a wanted accused.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A juvenile convicted in the Shakti Mills rape case, who is now an adult and stands accused of extortion and attempted murder in Agripada along with four other accused, was arrested by NM Joshi Marg police on Saturday.The accused had barged into the offices of two brothers, demanding Rs 50,000 as protection fee.As the brothers ignored them, the accused allegedly assaulted and stabbed one of them. The other accused have also been arrested by the Agripada police.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after the Anti-Extortion Cell of Thane police arrested Iqbal Kaskar and his two henchmen in connection with alleged extortion of a builder in Thane, another jeweller has come forward on Wednesday claiming that the gang had extorted jewellery of Rs 15 lakh from him in 2015.According to the police, the jeweller approached them on Wednesday claiming that the two henchmen of Kaskar, Mumtaj Shaikh and Israr Sayed had forcibly entered his jewellery shop and extorted jewellery worth Rs 15 lakh and threatened him with dire consequences.”The victim was forced to sell his land to Kaskar but as he did not agree to sell it, the duo on the instructions of Kaskar had vandalised the shop and extorted jewellery. A case has been registered in Thane Nagar police station,” said a senior police officer.”We are now getting constant information about extortion carried out by the accused and we are approaching the complainants to register cases. We will register separate cases and will try to recover maximum properties extorted by the accused.”The two politicians and builders’ role is being probed. But prima facie it seems that the politicians would carry out a settlement with the victims and accused. We will summon and question them after which we will take a decision on whether to make the accused or not,” said Parambir Singh, Thane Police commissioner.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the Anti Extortion Cell of Thane police arrested fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and two of his aides in an extortion case, the police have allegedly come to know about the involvement of two politicians and some builders from Thane in the extortion racket. Suspecting that the extorted money could be laundered out of the country, the Thane Police will be writing to Enforcement Directorate (ED) to carry out a probe into the matter.On Monday night, the police arrested Kaskar and his aides Asrar Ali Jamil Sayed (52) and Mumtaj Ejaz Shaikh (48).Thane Police Commissioner Parambir Singh said they were probing whether Dawood had any role in Kaskar’s extortion racket, as the latter would drop Dawood’s name while threatening victims.”Sometimes, shooters from other states such as Bihar and Assam were recruited to threaten the builders and jewellers,” Singh said. “We will be writing to Enforcement Directorate(ED) to carry out a probe as we suspect hawala links and overseas transactions were made by the accused. After conducting a preliminary inquiry, the names of a few politicians and builders have cropped up. We appeal to victims of this group to approach the police.” He, however, refused to elaborate on the suspected role of politicians and builders in the racket.Singh said the possibility of applying the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was also being examined. “We have detained three more persons, including a drug peddler, who were with Kaskar when we picked him up from Nagpada. We are checking their role in the case,” he addedAccording to the Thane police, in 2013, the accused extorted four flats now worth Rs 5 crore and Rs 30 lakh from a prominent builder in Thane, claiming that a part of the land on which the flats were built was acquired by Kaskar for development. Shaikh and Sayed had then allegedly threatened the builder with dire consequences if their demands were not met.Kaskar also allegedly called the builder and threatened him in the name of Dawood, after which the complainant gave in to their demands. While three flats were sold, Shaikh retained one to live in.The arrested trio were produced before the Thane court on Tuesday, which remanded them to eight days police custody.Senior lawyer Shyam Keswani, who represented Kaskar in court, refuted all allegations leveled by police and told the court that the police did not allow him to meet Kaskar and violated several Supreme Court guidelines.Seeking minimum police custody for Kaskar, Keswani told the court, “I would like to ask the police what evidence they have against my client. Almost 50 vehicles and 60 policemen barged into Kaskar’s house. Why did they use so much force? They have not found even a single pin or knife in the house,” he told the court.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three gangsters allegedly owing allegiance to the Suresh Pujari gang were arrested from Kurla last night by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of Mumbai Police, an official said. Raj Chauhan (25), Ali Abbas Khan (27) and Sudhakar Khristopriya (52) were allegedly involved in cases of extortion and firing outside a wine shop in Ulhasnagar and at a hotel in Nalasopara in adjoining Thane district a fortnight ago, said the official. Acting on a specific information that the trio would be meeting at Kurla to exchange firearms and discuss further plans, the officials laid a trap and nabbed all of them, he said. During the search police found one 7.65 bore pistol, two magazines, eight live cartridges, cell phones and Rs 2.5 lakh from them, said the official. Police also seized two motorcycles used during firing at Ulhasnagar and Nalasopara, he said. A cashier of the hotel was injured in Nalasopara firing incident, which took place on May 7, he said. During interrogation it was revealed that the accused had come to Kurla to discuss the plan and to distribute the money, which they had received on behalf of Suresh Pujari, the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A corporator of the ruling Shiv Sena in the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has been booked on charges of extortion, police said today. The corporator had allegedly demanded a ransom from a contractor who provides ready mix to the builders, police said. The complainant is dealing in the providing of the ready mixes to the various construction sites. On March 24, the corporator allegedly called the contractor to his office and made a demand of Rs 250 per MQ and transportation work to be given to his men. When the complainant expressed his inability to meet his demand the corporator abused him and said that he would deploy 100-150 persons at the site and ensure that the work is stopped. The complainant in a complaint before police chief said that he feared that the corporator might disrupt his work and also damage his property.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 26-year-old man, who was arrested from Lucknow for allegedly trying to extort money from Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, was today sent to police custody till March 10 by a local court. Sandeep Sahoo had allegedly called Bhatt many times, introducing himself as gangster Babloo Shrivastav, alleged former aide of Dawood Ibrahim, and demanded Rs 50 lakh from him. He threatened to kill Bhatt, his wife Soni Razdan and their daughter Alia Bhatt if he did not meet his demand, police said. After Bhatt filed a complaint, police traced the caller’s whereabouts and informed the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh Police which arrested Sahoo from Lucknow. He was brought to the city and produced before a court today which remanded him to police custody till March 10, said Senior Inspector Vinayak Vast of the Anti-Extortion Cell of Mumbai Crime Branch. Sahoo allegedly told the police during interrogation that he had visited Mumbai sometime ago and tried to find work in Bollywood. He had sent WhatsApp messages to Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and a few others seeking help, he told police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)