The Crime Branch of the Mumbai
police arrested an alleged aide of fugitive gangster Ravi
Pujari from suburban Goregaon Wednesday.
William Albert Rodricks (21) was nabbed from Oshiwara
area by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of the Crime Branch, a
police official said.
Rodricks allegedly kept Pujari informed about
builders in the area who could be targeted for extortion, he
He came under the scanner when a Goregaon-based
builder got calls from Pujari, demanding Rs 2 crore, said
inspector Sachin Kadam of the AEC.
Probe revealed that it was Rodricks who had provided
the builder's contact details to Pujari, he said.
The builder initially ignored the threats. He decided
to approach the police only when his brother and sister-in-law
and even his nephew, who was studying abroad and was on India
visit for a few days, got similar threatening calls for money,
another official said.
AEC sleuths suspected that a local person could be
is believed to be abroad, and zeroed in on Rodricks, he said.
Rodricks was arrested under IPC section 387
(extortion). A court remanded him in police custody till
January 19, he said.
The police were looking for his aides, the official