Acting on a tipoff Mumbai Police on Moday 26 September laid a trap and nabbed Riya Bhatti close aide of Underworld Don Dawood Ebrahim from Andheri. He was arrested in extortion case and threat to murder soon after interrogation. He will be produced in court today Tuesday 27 September.
Notably, Bhatti is wanted in extortion case registered against him at Mumbai’s Versova Police Station. As per Officials, Bhati, along with Mohammad Salim Iqbal Qureshi (alias Salim Fruit) – a close relative of Chhota Shakeel had threatened to kill a businessman from Versova. They also extorted a car valued at Rs 30 lakh and Rs 7.5 lakh cash from the victim.
Chhota Shakeel, who is a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, and his relative Salim Fruit have also been named in the FIR.
Earlier Salim Fruit was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a case against the D Company syndicate. He is currently cooling his heals in judicial custody.
Bhati courted arrests in multiple cases, that includes extortion, land grabbing, and firing. He had also made attempts to flee the country with the use of fake passports in 2015 and 2020. In 2021, a case of extortion was registered against him at Goregaon Police Station.
He was named an accused along with former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh in the extortion case.
Following the registration of the case, Bhati approached the court, but the Court rejected his anticipatory bail.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai Sessions Court observed that considering his criminal antecedents custodial interrogation was necessary in the subject case.
News Edit: K.V.Ram