Updated: September 19, 2021 12:11:48 am
Officers of Mumbai Police Crime Branch’s Unit 12 on Friday arrested two men and a woman for allegedly trying to extort Rs 50 lakh from a doctor in Goregaon (East) by sending him a letter pretending to be Naxals.
The police said the probe so far has indicated that the three have no connection to Naxals. The accused are Mohd Hayat Shaha (50) of Squatters Colony in Malad, Vikrant Kirat (45) of Virar and Bhaishakhi Biswas (29) of Ghansoli. Shaha and Kirat are both real estate brokers.
The complainant in the case had been Shaha’s family doctor for over three decades. The police said Shaha and Kirat were in need of money when one of them saw a YouTube video and got the idea of extorting a well-to-do person.
They decided to target the doctor and roped in Kirat’s friend Biswas to drop the extortion letter at his clinic. Biswas, who works in a bar, wore a burkha and went to the clinic last Wednesday. She gave the letter to the doctor’s nephew seated at the pharmacy next to the clinic. The police said the letter began with the words ‘Lal Salaam’ and threatened to kill the doctor and his son if he did not pay Rs 50 lakh. It also attached photos of AK-47 and some slums.
“We got leads from CCTV cameras in the vicinity and sent our teams to Virar, Navi Mumbai, Palghar, Goregaon and Malad. We managed to arrest them,” said Inspector Mahesh Tawde.
“We have handed them over to Vanrai police. They will be produced in court on Saturday,” said Inspector Vilas Bhosle.
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