UP STF interrogates ex-Chhota Rajan aide Pandey
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 18:27
  
Mumbai: A team of Uttar Pradesh Police's Special Task Force (STF) interrogated Prakash alias Bunty Pandey, a former sharp shooter of the Chhota Rajan gang who was brought to India from Vietnam last week.

The STF team arrived here last night and questioned the dreaded gangster for a couple of hours to know his links in several crimes in UP and about his gang members, a Mumbai Crime Branch official said today requesting anonymity.

According to police, Pandey, who had been hiding in a number of countries to evade arrest in several criminal cases, was arrested here in a 2009 extortion case after being brought from Vietnam on November 4.

Pandey, who parted ways with Rajan over a decade ago to set up his own gang, was caught in Hanoi on November 3 by Interpol and flown to Delhi from where he was brought here.

The UP police suspect his gang members may have played a role in several extortion calls received by businessmen and builders in the northern state. Pandey is also believed to have had links with dreaded criminals in UP.

Hailing from Uttarakhand, the 40-year-old, when he was in India, had once given advertisements in newspapers inviting applications from young men seeking a career in Bollywood.

He then called nearly a dozen youths for interviews and took them to Pune from where he made ransom calls to their families. Following police's intervention, Pandey freed the hostages and escaped, police said.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 18:27


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