The Mumbai police questioning gangster Kumar Pillai said they are focusing on the gang’s involvement in weapons smuggling. They found that the weapons came from outside the state. “We will find who the gang’s supplier was,” said a senior crime branch officer.
The police are probing Pillai’s aide, who he said was using his name to run illegal activities.
They said they are also focusing on his possible links to redevelopment in the Eastern Suburbs, mostly in his stronghold between Vikroli and Bhandup.
Sources said there were redevelopment projects in the pipeline at Kanamwar Nagar, Tagore Nagar and parts of the city, which they suspect the gang was interested in. Police suspect the gang was actively involved in these projects. Pillai would make money by threatening and extorting those who redeveloped properties in Vikhroli and peripheral areas, said officials.
His voice sample will be sent to the forensic laboratory at Kalina to match it with a voice intercept of his calls, added a crime branch officer. A case was registered against Pillai in 2013 for threatening former MNS MLA Mangesh Sangale’s brother. Sources said two of his henchmen – Ramdas Rane and Parshuram Dhanawade - allegedly barged into Sangale’s office and handed their phone to his brother. Pillai demanded Rs 25 lakh, saying Sangale was redeveloping a Vikhroli property and that he should pay the gangster a share.