Extortion in Mumbai is on the rise.
In 2009, the number of extortion cases in the city saw a steep rise when compared to 2008, according to the annual crime statistics of Mumbai police.
But most of the extortion calls were not from known underworld gangs but from unknown, petty criminals allegedly backed by former gangsters.
In 2008, 240 petty criminals were booked for extortion while in 2009 it went up to 296. The number of seasoned criminals getting into extortion also saw a sharp rise — from 56 in 2008 to 102 in 2009.
The number of cases involving underworld gangs in 2008 was 162 and the number increased to 196 in 2009.
“We take every extortion call [and case] seriously and take action,” said Additional Commissioner of Police Deven Bharti of the crime branch.
The year also saw a major setback to the Dawood Ibrahim gang with Chote Miyan, a long-time lieutenant, being shot dead by gunmen.