Dharmendra Raghu Khandagale (52), a resident of Mira Road in neighbouring Thane district, was arrested yesterday by Unit 8 of Crime Branch after the builder, who was developing a site in the western Mumbai suburb of Santacruz, filed a complaint, a senior official said.
"Between December last year and February 2018, the complainant started getting threat calls from an international number. The caller, who claimed to be a gangster, was asking the complainant to pay Rs 10 crore to the builder with whom he was having a dispute," the official said.
The builder receiving the calls then approached Vakola police station which registered a case, he said.
"Investigations revealed that the calls were being made via internet and were made to look like they were coming from an international number. The voice was identified as that of Khandagale," the official said.
He was arrested yesterday and further investigations into the crime were underway, the official said.
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