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Wanted gangster arrested at Delhi airport

india Updated: Jul 19, 2006 20:44 IST
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A gangster, who had an Interpol look out notice against him, has been arrested at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on his arrival from Dubai, police said on Wednesday.

Nitin Modha, who is an accused in at least ten cases of murder and kidnapping and a member of Dubai-based Aftab Alam alias Vicky gang, was arrested on Thursday, a senior police official said.

He was arrested on charges of travelling on a forged passport bearing the name of one Atmakuri Rajaih, but police got suspicious as his profile did not match the details in the document.

On sustained interrogation, he revealed his identity and told police that he had come to India to commit a kidnapping.

Modha, who hails from Porbhander and operates from Dubai, is the main accused in the sensational Sagar Sahani kidnapping case that rocked Pune last year.

The 22 year old Sahani was murdered later and his body thrown on the Mumbai-Vapi highway. Modha had demanded Rs two crore in ransom and had received Rs 15 lakh.

Modha is wanted in several cases of kidnapping, murder and extortion in Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Interpol had issued a red corner look out notice against him at the instance of Maharashtra police last year.

Modha also told police that he used to commit kidnapping on the direction of his gang leaders in Dubai and received money through hawala channels.

He was produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau, who remanded him to one-day judicial custody. He will be taken to Pune tomorrow by a team of Maharashtra police.

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