A real estate agent was arrested by the Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch for allegedly posing as a gangster and trying to extort Rs. 10 crore from a builder, the police said on Saturday.
Dharmendra Raghu Khandagale (52), a resident of Mira Road in Thane district, was arrested on Friday by Crime Branch Unit 8 after the builder, who was developing a site in Santacruz, filed a complaint with Vakola police station, a senior official said.
The official said that the complainant was involved in a dispute with another builder over the development project and Khandagale was acting as a mediator to resolve the issue between them.
“Between December last year and February, the complainant started getting threat calls from an international number. The caller, who claimed to be a gangster, was asking the complainant to pay Rs. 10 crore to the builder with whom he was having a dispute,” the official said.
“Investigations revealed that the calls were being made via Internet and were made to look like they were coming from an international number. The voice was identified as Khandagale’s,” the official said.
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