Suspended encounter specialist Ravindra Angre (52), will have to spend six more days behind bars.
On Friday, Judicial Magistrate First Class of Thane court, Avni Uthpath, extended Angre’s police custody until June 24. He was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly firing at builder Mahesh Wagh. The case has been transferred from the Shreenagar police station to the Crime Branch (unit V).
The police said they wanted Angre’s custody to recover the weapon used in the crime and also investigate four other cases where he had brandished a weapon and threatened the complainant. “We told the police we will co-operate with them. We also asked them to investigate Angre’s and the complainant’s location at the time of the incident,” said Angre’s lawyer Sandeep Dongre.
Angre said he had met Home Minister R.R. Patil a day prior to the incident. “I met the home minister at 8.30 pm on Sunday [June 13] at his Chitrakoot residence and asked him to initiate a CID inquiry into the extortion and assault case registered against me at the Naupada police station. He agreed. Then why would I try to kill Mahesh the next day?” asked Angre.
“There are six cases of cheating worth Rs 40 crore and four more cases worth Rs 28 crore against the Wagh brothers. If indicted in these cases, they will be sentenced to jail for at least 10 years. Sena MLA Eknath Shinde is scared that if Mahesh’s brother, Ganesh, is put in jail... he too will be arrested. That’s why they got me arrested.”