Mumbai Crime: Man arrested for extortion 20 years after the crime

Nov 21, 2017, 08:30 IST | Asif Rizvi

The law finally caught up with a man, two decades after he allegedly committed a crime in the name of gangster Arun Gawli. The Andheri police arrested the man identified as Shirish Shah, 60, on Saturday

The law finally caught up with a man, two decades after he allegedly committed a crime in the name of gangster Arun Gawli. The Andheri police arrested the man identified as Shirish Shah, 60, on Saturday.

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A US-based Indian businessman had received an extortion call in October 1997. The caller allegedly identified himself as DK, an aide of Arun Gawli, and demanded Rs 4 crore from him. He threatened the businessman with dire consequences if the money was not paid. The businessman then negotiated and agreed to pay Rs 8 lakh. The money was handed to Shah after the manager of the businessman met him at Juhu galli in Andheri West. After the money was paid, the businessman stopped receiving extortion calls, but four years later, in 2001, once again he started getting similar calls. Few days later two men reached his plastic items manufacturing unit in Andheri.

Sources said, "The men who went to the unit kept a revolver on the manager's table and threatened to kill his boss if the money was not paid." The businessman asked his manager to lodge an FIR with the police. The FIR was registered with the Kandivali police and while investigating the matter, four accused including the two men who had reached the unit, were arrested.

The investigations had revealed that Shah too was allegedly involved in the case and was shown as wanted when the charge sheet in the case was filed. He was wanted since. Senior Police Inspector of Andheri police station, Pandit Thorat said, "Shah was a wanted accused, the records showed he was wanted in an extortion case registered in 2001. He has been sent to judicial custody till Dec 2."


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