After extorting Rs 5 lakh from his former employer by threatening to harm his son, 25-year-old Kishan Shah got greedy. But the second time, the unemployed Reay Road resident’s luck ran out.
Shah, who worked as a salesman at Shabbir Petiwala’s suitcase showroom for six years, was sacked in 2006 after he was caught stealing material from the shop.
Shah knew that for Petiwala, who lives in Mittal Towers at Cuffe Parade, his weakness was his 12-year-old son.
“In January, Shah called Petiwala on his cellphone and said: ‘I am calling from the underworld and if you want to see your son alive you have to pay me Rs 10 lakh’,” said Inspector Vilas Bhole, investigating officer of the Cuffe Parade police station.
Petiwala negotiated with Shah and brought the amount down to Rs 5 lakh.
“Shah told Petiwala to bring the money to Reay Road. He knew he would be recognised if he went to collect the money so he hired Peter Pereira, a historysheeter, for the job,” Bhole said.
“But Pereira distributed the money among his accomplices and gave Shah just Rs 1 lakh,” he added.
In August, Shah became penniless after splurging the Rs 1 lakh and decided to try his luck at extortion again.
He called Petiwala and demanded Rs 5 lakh as protection money for his son.
“Petiwala brought the amount down to Rs 2 lakh and this time filed a complaint,” Bhole said.
This time Shah hired three men to collect the money.
“Shah learnt that Petiwala had sought the police’s help so he called Petiwala at several spots but never turned up to collect the money,” added Bhole.
On Wednesday, Shah called Petiwala at Chira Bazaar.
“We laid a trap and arrested the three men who later led us to Shah. We arrested Shah on Thursday for extortion and threatening Petiwala,” Bhole added.