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2 aides of underworld don Ravi Pujari held for shooting at

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Two members of underworld Ravi Pujari's gang have been arrested in connection with alleged shooting at a beauty run by 'controversial' Leena Maria Paul, police said here Friday.

Bilal, 25, from Aluva and Vipin Varghese, 30, from Kadavanthra here were arrested by a team of crime branch police, they said.

The attackers, wearing helmets, barged into the in Panampilly Nagar at around 3 pm on December 15 last year and fired two shots before speeding away on a bike, they added.

A man from district, who is also a key member of Pujari's gang had given quotation to for Rs 50 lakhs to carry out the crime.

The duo was taken to the Beauty to gather evidence, this afternoon.

The had alleged that she had received Internet threat calls on her mobile phone, demanding Rs 25 crore on November 3 under instructions from gangster

According to her, the caller threatened to kill the if the money was not paid.

The threat calls were made on subsequent dates also, she stated.

Pujari had allegedly telephoned a and challenged the Police to arrest his men who had fired shots at the

The police said in a release that Pujari has been taken into custody by the and police in African nation,

Efforts are on to bring him back to India, it said.

The case was initially probed by the Kochi city police.

Later, it was handed over to the Crime branch wing of the police.

has acted in Bollywood 'Madras Cafe', Tamil flick 'Biriyani' and Malayalam films 'Husbands in Goa' and 'Red Chillies'.

The actress was an accused in a and was associated with alleged con man Sukesh Chandrashekhar, now in in a matter related to a bid to bribe the Election Commission, involving and R K Nagar MLA T T V Dinakaran.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 15:50 IST