New Delhi: Dreaded underworld don Ravi Pujari, working from abroad, has been reportedly arrested in South Africa and efforts are on for his deportation to India.
Pujari, who parted methods with underworld don Chhota Rajan, had jumped bail from Senegal, final 12 months and had escaped to South Africa, the place he was concerned in massive time drug trafficking and extortion racket.
Sources in Indian Intelligence mentioned that Ravi Pujari, who was hiding with a false identification of Anthony Fernandes, a Burkina Faso passport holder, was positioned in a distant village in South Africa.
On a tip off from Indian exterior intelligence company, the Senegal police air dashed South Africa final week. Pujari, 52, wished in over 200 instances of heinous crimes, together with homicide and extortion, was detained with the assistance of South African companies.
Sources in Mumbai Police mentioned that Pujari’s arrest has not but been confirmed formally however Ministry of Exterior Affairs is in contact with its mission in South Africa. An official in MEA refused to talk on the difficulty. Embassy of Senegal in Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, additionally didn’t reply to IANS’ queries in reference to Pujari’s arrest.
The mafiaso first got here into information in early 2000 when he began extorting large quantities from well-known Bollywood personalties and builders. He was concerned in an try and homicide case, aimed toward killing a outstanding lawyer of Mumbai.
Pujari’s spouse Padma and three youngsters additionally fled India and a few of them maintain Burkina Faso passport. His son who was not too long ago married in Australia reportedly maintain an Australian passport.
Earlier final 12 months Ravi Pujari, residing underneath identification of Anthony had jumped bailed from a Senegal courtroom by way of fraudulent means. IANS had accessed the don’s new passport. Pujari now goes underneath the identify of Anthony Fernandes and is a citizen of Burkina Faso, a West African nation, his date of delivery is proven as 25.1.1961.
Pujari, a film junkie influenced by Amitabh Bachchan’s portrayal as Anthony Gonsalves in ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ was utilizing the identify Anthony Fernandes. This passport was issued on 10.7.2013 and is legitimate until 8.7.2023. The passport confirmed his occupation as Agent Business which implies that he’s designated as a businessman working a series of eating places Namaste India in Senegal, Burkina Faso and neighbouring nations.
Pujari’s attorneys in Senegal had argued within the courtroom citing that he’s Anthony Fernandes, a businessmen from Burkina Faso as talked about in his passport and never a fugitive as claimed by the Indian Authorities.
Clearly indicating a collusion between prime authorities functionaries of Burkina Faso and Pujari through which an influential Indian businessman, who’s his accomplice in a restaurant chain, could have performed a job of conduit.