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Member of Guru Satam gang arrested from Kerala

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A member of the gang who allegedly ran 'hawala' business in Hong Kong was arrested by the police's Crime Branch from Wednesday, an said.

alias Kevin (46) was arrested by the Anti Extortion Cell of the Crime Branch from Thiruvananthapuram, his hometown, the said.

Kevin had arrived in Thiruvananthapuram Sunday (January 6) from Hong Kong to meet his family, he said.

He was wanted in an extortion case where Amol Vichare, Bharat Solanki, Rajesh Ambre, and Dipak Lodhiahad already been arrested, the said.

All five were members of the gang, the added.

They had allegedly threatened a builder who has construction projects in Parel in Central Mumbai, asking him to cough up 'protection money', he said.

During their interrogation, Kevin's role came to light, he said.

It was Kevin who allegedly sent, through 'hawala', the proceeds of extortion to who is believed to be living overseas.

After finding out that Kevin was living in Hong Kong, a look-out notice had been issued against him, the official said.

Following a tip-off that Kevin was visiting his hometown using a different passport, a Crime Branch team went to and nabbed him, he said.

A special court for the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) sent him in police custody till January 16, the official said, adding that further probe was underway.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 21:25 IST