The police have arrested the nephew of wanted gangster Guru Satam for allegedly trying to extort money from a Mumbai-based builder.
According to police sources, the builder first received a call around 20 days ago from Satam, who allegedly demanded money and threatened to kill him if he did not pay up. Satam allegedly made a few more calls after which the complainant started receiving calls from public telephones from a man who identified himself as Satam’s “local associate”.
On Friday, the builder again got a call from this “associate”, who demanded Rs 50 lakh as extortion money and asked him to pay the first installment of Rs 10 lakh on the same evening. The builder approached the Dadar police and a complaint was registered, which was taken over by the Anti-Extortion Cell.
“We laid a trap around the KEM Hospital in Patel, where the suspect had asked the complainant to come with the money. Some of us donned blue uniforms of factory workers, others were dressed up in khakhi uniforms of taxi drivers while some others posed as hawkers and waited for the suspect. He showed up late in the evening and accepted the money from the complainant, after which we moved in and arrested him,” said a Crime Branch officer.
The suspect has been identified as Narahari Satam alias Pankaj alias Kanya, and is Satam’s nephew. He has been charged with extortion and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and has been remanded to police custody till December 10, the police said.