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Key member of Chhota Rajan gang arrested

Mumbai: An alleged member of Chhota Rajan gang, who was on the run after being granted bail in an extortion case, was arrested on Saturday from Vashi, police said.

Acting on a tip-off that Sundar Pillai, a key member of the Rajan gang, would arrive at Vashi to meet his wife, a trap was laid and the 47-year-old gangster was caught with a country made pistol, Raosaheb Sardesai, Senior Inspector at Vashi police station said.

“Pillai, a key member of Rajan gang, had come on a bike. He met his wife this afternoon and while he was coming out, he sensed that police might catch him. As he tried to run away, police nabbed him,” Sardesai added.

He was earlier arrested on charges of extortion along with his two aides in March.

Pillai along with his aides Ramesh Patil (39) and Amar Jitekar (38) had tried to extort Rs 2 lakh from a builder Rakesh Surve after giving death threat. Subsequently, the trio was nabbed and lodged in a jail. But Pillai who was granted bail remained untraceable.

“At least 15 cases have been registered against him in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai,” the police officer said.

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