Bengaluru: Underworld don Ravi Pujari, 52, was flown to Bengaluru from South Africa, the place he was arrested a day earlier than, police stated on Monday.
“A four-member Karnataka Police team brought Pujari to Bengaluru in the wee hours of the day in an Air France flight via Paris after he was extradited from Senegal in Africa,” Metropolis Crime Department Deputy Commissioner of Police Kuldeep Jain advised IANS right here.
The police group was led by state Extra Director Normal of Police A.Ok Pandey and Bengaluru joint commissioner of police Sandeep Patil, a police inspector and a constable.
“Pujari will be produced in the first Additional City Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court in the city for judicial custody,” Jain stated.
Pujari was taken to an undisclosed place within the metropolis from the worldwide airport below tight safety.
In response to the Indian Intelligence sources, Pujari was nabbed in a distant South African village the place he was hiding with a false identification as Anthony Fernandes, a Burkina Faso passport holder.
“Pujari had jumped bail from Senegal last year and escaped to South Africa and got involved in big-time trafficking and extortion,” sources stated.
On a tip-off from the Indian intelligence, the Senegal police flew to South Africa final week.
Pujari, who parted methods with one other underworld don Chhota Rajan and wished in over 200 circumstances of heinous crimes, together with homicide and extortion, was detained with the assistance of the South African companies.
The mafioso shot to notoriety in early 2000 when he began extorting big quantities from well-known Bollywood personalities and builders. He was concerned in an try and homicide case, geared toward killing a distinguished lawyer of Mumbai.
Pujari’s spouse Padma and three youngsters additionally fled India and a few of them maintain Burkina Faso passports. His son, who was not too long ago married in Australia, reportedly holds an Australian passport.
Final yr Pujari, dwelling below the identification of Anthony, jumped bail from a Senegal courtroom by fraudulent means. IANS had accessed the don’s new passport. Pujari now goes below 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 July 10, 2013, and is legitimate until July 8, 2023. The passport confirmed his occupation as Agent Industrial which implies that he’s designated as a businessman working a sequence of eating places referred to as ‘Namaste India’ in Senegal, Burkina Faso and neighbouring international locations.
Pujari’s attorneys in Senegal had argued within the courtroom citing that he’s Anthony Fernandes, a businessman from Burkina Faso as talked about in his passport and never a fugitive as claimed by the Indian Authorities.