Five persons associated with gangster Suresh Poojari have been arrested, by the city crime branch sleuths, for possession of weapons. The gang was also involved in firing at the office of a builder in Ulhasnagar, at the behest of Poojari.
Those arrested have been identified as Hanumant Gaikwad, Rahul Londhe, Ravindra Ghare, Rohan D’costa and Iklaq Shaikh.
According to KMM Prasanna, additional commissioner of police, crime, on Thursday, specific information was received by a team of the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC), headed by inspector Vinayak Vast, that three persons would be arriving at Chembur with firearms and would target someone.
Subsequently, a trap was laid and the trio were nabbed. Two pistols and six rounds were recovered from them. “During interrogation, they revealed that more firearms were stashed at the Pune residence of one of the accused. Three firearms, its magazines, four extra empty magazines and seven master keys of motorcycles were seized from the Pune residence,” said Prasanna.
“Further probe revealed that on July 11, 2016, the gang had committed a shootout at the Ulhasnagar based office of builder Sumit Chakrabarty for extortion at the behest of Poojari. A case was registered in this regard with Ulhasnagar police,” said MM Dahikar, deputy commissioner of police.