Gangster Kumar Pillai's detention: Mumbai Police sends extradition proposal to Singapore Police

Feb 20, 2016, 22:08 IST | A Correspondent

The Mumbai police on Saturday sent the dossier of Mumbai’s ‘most educated gangster’ Kumar Pillai, who is detained in Singapore, to cops over there. A total of five cases are registered against Pillai, and documents and proofs on him have been sent to Singapore. The Mumbai Police is hoping to get custody of Pillai as they have an extradition treaty with Singapore.  

A senior police officer said, "Pillai was detained by the officials in Singapore several weeks ago. We were aware of the matter long back. However, due to media hype and several questions raised, we are disclosing the facts only now. We are in contact with CBI and Interpol, who will help us in the extradition process. He may be interrogated by central agencies too or directly handed over to the Mumbai police once in India."

A Mumbai Police spokesperson said, “We have sent out extradition proposal to them, and we are fulfilling all their requirements. It is a protracted process, which will take time to reach some definite stage."

According to officials, cases registered against Pillai include those of murder, extortion and firearm ones. After he was detained in Singapore, the Mumbai Police compiled all the documents and records related to Pillai, which has been sent to Singapore police on Saturday.

Pillai's background
Mumbai’s most educated don, Kumar Pillai is an engineer by profession, and stepped into crime world allegedly to avenge his father’s death.

Pillai joined the underworld to take revenge against the then MLA, Lal Singh Chavan, who killed Pillai’s father. He succeeded in killing Chavan, a suspected D-gang member, when he stepped out of Borivli railway station in the late 90s.

He was initially recruited by Amar Naik, and eventually became the right hand man of Naik’s younger brother, Ashwin Naik.

Pillai’s stronghold is Vikhroli, where he mostly operates in the construction industry. Pillai has been named in several extortion cases in north Mumbai. He is also suspected in the murder of an estate agent in Vikhroli.

Police sources revealed that prior to his detention, Pillai constantly shifted his base between UK, Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka or Singapore, which has a sizeable Tamil population.

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