Pune: City police has rounded up two youths who have been charged for extorting money by projecting themselves as political leaders. The arrested youth have been identified as Vishal Shegade (26), a businessman and a resident of Ghorpadipeth and his accomplies Suraj Kamble (26) both are arrested under the relevant section of Indian Penal Code comprises of cheating and an act done by them with common intention. Earlier duo were arrested by Samarth police station who had pretending themselves as MLA Vinayak Nimhan. Now they have been arrested by Kondhwa police who personated themselves as sitting MLA Mahadev Babar. The incident came to light, when Rahul Atwani (62), a construction line business and a resident of Wanowrie.
Rajendra Mokashi inspector in-charge of Kondhwa police station said, "Complainant had received a call on July 17, this year around 2 pm. One of the person initially personated himself as personal assistant of sitting MLA Mahadev Babar and demanded Rs 5 lakh from them for arrangement of pilgrim trip to people in MLA's constituency. They have threatened complainant claiming if he fail to give the amount he will stop his ongoing construction sites in the city. Moreover, they also issued dire consequences to Atwani."
He added, "Initially complainant neglected the call and next day again he got a call and this time the person personated himself as MLA and claimed to be prepared with the cash in the evening. He then cross check with the MLA and released he has been con. Duo were initially arrested by Samarath police for threatening a businessman under the name of MLA NImhan and during investigation another incident have revealed that they had tried to extort money from Shivajinagar and Kothrud based political names. Both are into financial crises."
On Monday, duo were produced before the court of judicial magistrate (First Class) and has been remanded to a day police custody.