Police busted a gang run by jailed don Babloo Shrivastav on Wednesday. The gang was involved in an extortion racket in the State. Additional director general of police (Crime, Law and Order) Brij Lal said police had taken eight people into custody for interrogation.
Police also seized 14 cell phones, a laptop computer and a Tata Safari vehicle from their possession.
“The persons arrested used to provide cell phones to Babloo during his appearances in court to issue threats to businessmen and property dealers for money,” the ADG said.
Police laid a trap on Wednesday when Babloo arrived from the Bareilly jail to appear in the CBI court in Lucknow. Deputy Inspector General of Police, Lucknow, Chandra Prakash led the operation.
Babloo had been running an extortion racket from jail and the police acted on complaints against him, said Brij Lal. “We hope to get a lot of information from his laptop about his activities,” he said.
Those in custody are Abhishekh Srivastav, Santosh Chaurasia, Sikandar Ali, Anwar Hussain, Sanjay Sethi, Vivek Pathak, Mayank Mishra and Subhas Chaturvedi. Police recovered five cell phones from Abhishekh, said the ADG.
He hinted at action against constables who allowed Babloo to talk on the phone on the court premises. Babloo, facing 14 cases, regularly visits the Lucknow court. Five cases are pending in the Special CBI court in Lucknow.
“Police have also been trying to nab a Barabanki-based don working with Babloo,” he said. Police had launched an intensive drive against dons inside and outside jails, he added.
Recovery of objectionable things from jails during searches was alarming and stern action would be taken against inmates, he said.
“The government is determined to root out illegal activities of jail inmates,” Brij Lal said, adding the police would also monitor mafia activities of some MLAs with a criminal background.