Mumbai, Oct 12, 2017 : Gangster DK Rao has been arrested by Mumbai Crime Branch for extortion from a SRA consultant. The SRA project in Antop Hill area of Mumbai is a big project with around 1000 tenants.
Rao was released from jail in July 2016. The Mumbai police has urged more complainants to come forward.
The complaint against Rao has been filed by a consultant of the SRA project. According to the complainant the project in Antop Hill was on since 2013 and the consultant was approached to get the project approved. Later on the work was stopped and the consultant was informed that no further work in the project will be carried on without Rao’s permission.
According to preliminary information, the police suspected Rao of running an extortion racket, where he demanded money from builders.
"When Rao came out out of jail he started to personally threaten the complainant. In June this year he was called at Dharavi and threatened by Rao. He was asked to leave the project. Adding to this, there was an extortion demand for Rs 50 lakh from the consultation. Due to this pressure the consultant approached us," said DCP Dilip Sawant, crime branch.
The arrest happened on Wednesday and DK Rao has been sent to police custody till 18th October. The police is investigating the matter and more complaints may be registered and more accused people will be arrested by police.
Incidentally, Rao was granted bail in 2016 in an extortion case where Rao was accused of threatening a businessman who had a monetary dispute with a developer. He is also reportedly involved with a robbery in Muthooth branch in Hyderabad earlier this year, where he helped the robbers convert the gold into cash.