MORE THAN four months after he was detained in Singapore, gangster Kumar Pillai was brought to the city on Monday night as part of the extradition process. The police are hoping that Pillai’s extradition will help them get information about his network in Mumbai and the men working on his behalf here while he was operating out of Singapore.
Pillai, who is wanted by the Mumbai Police for several cases of murder and extortion, had fled the country in 1990 after jumping bail. In February this year, Pillai of the infamous Kumar Pillai gang was taken into custody in Singapore after a Red Corner Notice (RCN) was issued by Interpol. Pillai’s extradition was initiated based on one piece of evidence the Mumbai Police had against him — a set of fingerprints that are nearly 26 years old, from the only case he was arrested in.
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An officer said that Pillai will be produced before the special MCOCA court on Tuesday morning in connection with a case of extortion wherein a Vikhroli-based legislator had been extorted by the gangster in 2013. The officer added that Pillai had one murder, two attempt to murder, one extortion and two MCOCA cases against him.
An officer privy to the operation said, “Contrary to perception that Pillai had given up on crime, there have been extortion calls made in his name.”
He added that in 2013, there was an extortion call made by Pillai to a Vikhroli-based legislator. “We suspect the extortion calls have continued, especially in the Eastern suburbs, where he has considerable influence. It is just that people have not come forward to register complaints. We are hoping that his interrogation will help us find such cases if any following which FIRs can be registered,” the officer said. He added that there has already been a team in place to interrogate Pillai.
Pillai’s stronghold was Vikhroli, where he mostly operated in the construction industry. Pillai reportedly also had an association with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). According to the officer, Pillai will be moved to a lock-up inside the Mumbai Police commissionerate.