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Mumbai builder files extortion case against gangster Chhota Shakeel, other Dawood aides

Complaint registered against nine accused for allegedly extorting around Rs20 crore from Ambernath-based builder

mumbai Updated: Feb 16, 2018 17:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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File photo of gangster Dawood Ibrahim.

The Thane police have registered a case against gangster Chhota Shakeel, a key aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, and eight others, for allegedly extorting Rs15 crore to Rs20 crore from an Ambernath-based builder.

Police officials said the builder, Surojeet Manindra Roy, 52, a resident of Ambernath, said he came forward as he felt more secure following the arrest of Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar last year.

A case was filed on Thursday evening, under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code as well as the Arms Act.

Pradeep Sharma, senior police inspector from Thane Anti Extortion Cell, confirmed that a complaint had been registered. “We have booked eight people, including Chhota Shakeel, another of Dawood’s aides Riyaz Bhati, Afghan Khan, Kamal Jadhvani, Zeenat Fawad Ahmed, Ahmed’s brother Khalid, and Usman Jaan Khan in the case,” he said.

Usman is an approver in 1993 bomb blast case, Sharma added.

In his statement, Roy has alleged that he has been harassed mentally and physically by Dawood’s aides for the past eight years. “He has also accused them of forcibly taking possession of his property in Andheri (west),” he said.

“The builder said that in 2012, he was kidnapped and taken to Andheri where he was forcibly made to sign on a registered paper and transfer his property to one of the accused,” Sharma revealed. “They threatened to kill him if he told anyone about the incident.”

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 17:22 IST