Mumbai: Hawker’s Extortion Racket Busted by Government Railway Police

Mumbai: Hawker’s Extortion Racket Busted by Government Railway Police
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The Government Railway Police (GRP) has booked a hawker under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for allegedly extorting money from other hawkers across Byculla, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Dadar, Kurla, Thane city, and Kalyan Junction railway stations. 

The accused, Santosh Kumar Singh alias Bablu Thakur, reportedly has several properties including 10 homes in the city, two land parcels in his native village of Uttar Pradesh, agricultural land spanning five acres, two high-end cars and a motorcycle, insurance policies worth ₹10 lakh, 1.5 kilograms of gold, and cash in around 30 bank accounts. 

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Thakur’s wife and six associates were also booked under MCOCA while the authorities have already attached several properties belonging to the accused. 

A police officer said that Thakur demanded money from hawkers at railway stations, and would attack those that refused to pay using sharp objects as weapons. 

Senior Inspector at Dadar Government Railway Police, Dnyaneshwar Katkar said, “We have invoked the MCOCA against Thakur, his wife and six other associates and attached their properties. The last case was registered against them under Sections 387 (extortion) and 392 (robbery) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and further investigation is underway.”

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