Mangalore, February 16: Mangalore Police Commissioner and Inspector General of Police Western Range Gopal Hosur informed media persons that a District Crime Intelligence Bureau (DCBI) team led by Inspector Venkatesh Prasanna and guided by Superintendent of Police Dr. A Subrahmanyeshwar Rao and Additional Superintendent of Police has arrested 7 people belonging to the gang of Ravi Poojary, the underworld don, at Bendorewell, and confiscated 4 .38 revolvers, 29 rounds of ammunition, 8 mobile phones, 2 motorbikes, a Maruti Swift car, and Rs 52,000.
This DCBI operation followed a complaint lodged by a businessmen that he had received threatening calls from unknown persons who said that they would kill him if he did not pay them Rs 5 crore within a week. Thanks to the timely intervention of the police, two prominent businessmen based in Mangalore were saved from being murdered.
The arrested are Prashanth Shetty Ambalpady (32) and Sathish Shetty Ambalpady (35) of Udupi; Sudhir Poojary (22), Yathish Poojary(22), Praveen Carlo (29), and Amrith Karkera (24) of Vamanjoor; and Sahul Hameed (26) of Bantwal. Mahadevaiah, who is employed in the Mysore Jail Canteen, was helping Dinesh Amin, an inmate of Mysore Jail to co-ordinate the event. The police have arrested him too.
In April 2009, Dinesh Amin faced trial for the murder of Naushad Kashimji, an advocate based in Mangalore. Prashanth Shetty, who is the chief accused in this murder case, is wanted by the police for being involved in 2 murder cases.
A total of ten people are involved in this extortion case; and the police say that the other two will soon be arrested.
While announcing a prize of Rs 50,000 to all who helped in busting this case, Police Commissioner Gopal Hosur warned certain media persons who are allegedly involved with underworld dons that any act of giving publicity to these dons would be considered as rendering support to them and is therefore punishable by law.