21-yr-old ‘novice’ gangster tries to extort 25 lakh; gets traced, arrested from Bandra

21-yr-old 'novice' gangster tries to extort 25 lakh; gets traced, arrested from Bandra
Sagar told police that he was attracted to the underworld and got in touch with Ejaz Lakdawala’s brother Akeel seeking employment a few months back (Representational Image)

The Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of Mumbai Police has arrested a 21-year-old from Bandra for allegedly trying to extort Rs 25 lakh from a businessman on behalf of gangster Ejaz Lakdawala.

The accused, Sagar Satishkumar Yadav, was arrested from suburban Bandra on Tuesday.

In custody, Yadav told police that he was attracted to the underworld and got in touch with Lakdawala’s brother Akeel seeking employment some months ago.

A businessman based in the western suburbs was receiving extortion calls from the Lakdawala gang for the last few months, and some persons had opened fire on his partner.

After an investigation, AEC led by senior police inspector Sachin Kadam arrested Akeel Lakdawala in connection with the calls. Following his arrest in February, Yadav allegedly started calling the businessman, seeking money.

The most recent call was made last week, following which AEC team led a trap at Bandra and nabbed Yadav. He was subsequently sent to police custody till April 12.

Gangster Ejaz Lakdawala, meanwhile, is absconding and further investigation in the case is underway.

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