Mumbai, August 27
A 34-year-old tea vendor was arrested on Thursday for threatening movie director Mahesh Manjrekar and demanding extortion quantity of Rs 35 crore from him, the police stated.
Milind Tulasankar, the accused, was apprehended from Khed in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district by officers of the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) of Mumbai Crime Branch.
Manjrekar had filed a grievance at Dadar police station right here two days in the past stating that an unidentified individual, claiming to be a member of the Abu Salem gang, had despatched him messages on cell phone, demanding Rs 35 crore.
Tulasankar, who had a tea stall at Dharavi in Central Mumbai, allegedly advised police that he determined to try extortion as his stall had closed attributable to lockdown and he wanted cash.
In textual content messages despatched between August 23 and 25, he allegedly threatened to hurt the Bollywood director if cash was not paid. He claimed to belong to a gang run by Salem, a gangster and 1993 Mumbai blasts accused who’s in jail.
The police registered a case beneath IPC sections 385 (extortion) on Wednesday.
The AEC discovered that the cell quantity from which messages had been despatched had been switched off, however the sleuths managed to seek out out its location. An AEC staff on Thursday raided a home in Sakhroli village in Khed tehsil and nabbed Tulasankar.
He was dropped at Mumbai and arrested after interrogation, stated inspector Sachin Kadam who led the staff.
Tulasankar admitted that he deliberate the extortion bid after watching Salem’s movies on YouTube, he stated.
The accused had returned to his village after he needed to shut down his tea stall in Dharavi throughout lockdown, he advised police.
He obtained Manjrekar’s cell quantity from a web site which supplies details about candidates who contest elections, one other official stated. Manjrekar had contested the Lok Sabha election on MNS ticket in 2014.
A courtroom in Mumbai has remanded the accused in police custody until September 2.
The director thanked the police on Twitter.
“A Big Thank You to the @CPMumbaiPolice & The Anti- extortion cell for the swift action in getting the culprit in custody. Bravo @MumbaiPolice,” he stated.
Manjrekar, a nationwide award-winning filmmaker, is understood for movies reminiscent of “Vaastav”, “Astitva” and “Viruddh”. PTI