Mumbai: An alleged associate of underworld don Chhota Shakeel and a businessman were arrested under the stringent MCOCA charges for allegedly threatening Congress MLA Baba Siddiqui over a property dispute, police said on Tuesday.
Gangster Ahmed Langda and businessman Shams Sayyed were arrested under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) charges yesterday from the city, Additional Police Commissioner (Crime) Niket Kaushik said.
The two were produced before an MCOCA court today, which remanded them in police custody till July 11.
Last week, the MLA had filed a written complaint that Sayyed used "underworld pressure" to help settle a property dispute, police said.
The MLA claimed that the plot of land on Hill Road in suburban Bandra had been under dispute for a while with Sayyed, who had an agreement with Siddiqui to develop the property in partnership.
However, Sayyed later wanted Siddiqui to agree for certain conditions, but the MLA was not ready for the same. This led to a dispute.
Ahmed Langda then conveyed threatening messages from Chhota Shakeel to Siddiqui and warned the MLA to settle the dispute amicably with Sayyed.
Siddiqui subsequently approached the cops and lodged a written complaint. Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim`s close aide Shakeel is also wanted in the case, police said adding that the trio were booked under IPC sections 506(2) (criminal intimidation) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).