Mumbai Crime Branch nabs 5 members of Dawood Ibrahim’s D-gang in extortion case

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Mumbai: The Anti Extortion Cell of Mumbai Crime Branch on Tuesday morning arrested five people associated with D-gang of underworld gangster, Dawood Ibrahim, in connection to extortion case.

The development comes after the arrest of Salim Fruit, close aide of gangster Chhota Shakeel, and Riyaz Bhati, who is a close aide of Dawood.

The Mumbai cops had earlier arrested gangster Chhota Shakeel’s brother in-law Salim Qureshi alias Salim Fruit and Dawood’s close aide Riyaz Bhati. After recording statements, five more members of the gang have now been arrested from Andheri area.

All five of them will be produced before a court today where police will seek their custody. More arrests are likely to follow as there are more people under the police radar for extorting money from builders and businessmen across Mumbai.

Fruit, along with Bhati, had allegedly extorted a sum of Rs 7.5 lakh from from a Versova-based businessman and forcibly took away his Range Rover worth around RS 30 lakh.

Fruit was arrested by the NIA on August 4 for his involvement in a terror-funding case registered in Delhi on February 3. Bhati was arrested last month by Anti Extortion Cell of the Mumbai police in connection with an extortion case.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Crime branch officials yesterday invoked stringent sections of the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) against Salim Fruit in an extortion case.

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