A joint team of the Mumbai Police and the UP STF on Thursday arrested Sandeep Sahu, the alleged gang member’ of jailed mafia don Babloo Srivastava, for seeking extortion money from film director Mahesh Bhatt. Just 12 hours after producer-director Mahesh Bhatt lodged a complaint about receiving repeated calls for ransom, the city crime branch’s anti-extortion cell arrested him. Sahu was arrested in Lucknow from the Ashiana locality on Thursday afternoon.
SSP STF Amit Pathak said, ‘On Wednesday, we received a call from senior officials of the Mumbai Police regarding an extortion call to Mahesh Bhatt.
‘The caller demanded Rs 50 lakh and also threatened to kill Alia Bhatt and her mother Soni Razdan, in case his demand was turned down.’
Following the information, a joint team of UP STF and Mumbai Police laid a trap and successfully nabbed the accused.
‘He posed to be a close associate of Bablu Srivastava. However, during interrogation he revealed that does not know him and made the extortion plan go get rid of his debts’, Pathak further informed.
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According to Pathak, Sahu – a class-8 dropout – had been working at garment shops, collection agencies before setting up his mind to start his own business.
‘In 2015, he took a loan of Rs 7 lakh from his relatives to start his own shop. However, the business incurred heavy losses.
Having failed to return the money, he moved to Mumbai in October 2016,’ Pathak told the media.
Police said that legal formalities to take Sahu to Mumbai on a transit remand are being carried out in the court.