Being behind bars doesn't seem to have stopped Chhota Rajan aide DK Rao from planning extortions. Vijay Babar, one of Rao's henchmen, has told police that the gangster ordered an extortion call against metal trader Dinesh Shah from Taloja Jail.
Shah, who survived a bid on his life in July, got another shock on October 19, when he received an extortion call. The unidentified caller claimed to be a member of the DK Rao gang and ordered Shah to meet Rao at his Dharavi residence on October 25. He claimed to know of Shah's employee who was arrested for the murder of the two employees who died when a gunman opened fire at Shah’s office in July. Investigations revealed that the attack wasn’t related to extortion, but was planned by another employee with the intent of stealing cash. The employee was later arrested.
“The trader received another call on October 25, demanding that he meet Rao in the evening and pay Rs50 lakh to settle the dispute,” said Nishikant Patil, senior inspector with Unit II of the crime branch. Shaken, the trader approached the police. After investigations, the caller was identified as Rao’s henchman Babar and was arrested on Friday.
Babar, a history-sheeter, told police that when he discovered that Rao was being linked to the firing at Shah's office, he went to Taloja jail to inform him of the same. To this, Babar claims, Rao asked him to go ahead and ask Shah for a payout. “Aise toh name aa gaya hai. Kuch nikal hi dete hain (In any case, I am being linked to the case. Might as well make some money out of it),’ is what Rao supposedly told Babar from behind the bars.
Babar knew Rao would be visiting his Dharavi home with the MCOCA court’s permission on October 25 to meet his ailing mother, and tried to threaten Shah into meeting him. Unfortunately, for Babar, the police outwitted him.
The police will now submit an application in the MCOCA court to obtain Rao’s custody from jail to proceed with the investigation. “The incident shows that these gangsters are still active and trying to run operations from behind the bars,” joint commissioner of police, crime, Himanshur Roy said. “However, we are keeping a close watch on them and foiling each of their misadventures.” Rao was arrested in connection with the murder of the driver of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar.