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Panvel City Police arrested a 40-year-old history-sheeter involved in several cases of murder, attempt to murder and rape for allegedly extorting money from a building construction material supplier in Karanjade in Panvel. The accused flashed a pistol to instill fear and also threatened to kill the complainant for not giving the extortion money.

Police said that the accused, identified as Rajesh Kaikadi alias Raja Kaikadi, who was out on bail due to COVID-19 threatened a building construction material supplier in Karanjade on October 4 morning around 11 am. Kaikadi also flashed a pistol and threatened to kill him for not giving the money.

Based on the complaint, an FIR was registered against Kaikadi on October 6 under section 385, 506 (2), and 504 of IPC for extortion, threatening and criminal intimidation along with the section 3 and 25 of the Arms Act and 37(1) 135 of the Maharashtra Police Act.

A team was formed that raided his house at around 2 am on October 7. Kaikadi locked himself in the house and, despite the police asking him to open the door, he did not open. Following this, the police broke open the door and tried to catch Kaikadi, who initially tried to escape. Shatrughan Mali, a senior police official from Panvel City Police said that he injured himself by pushing at a window rod to prevent the police from arresting him. However, the police finally arrested him around 5 am.

Police said that around 12 severe offenses, including murder, attempt to murder, and rape, are already registered against him in a different police station in Navi Mumbai, and he was out on bail due to COVID-19.

Police also seized a US-made pistol worth Rs 25,000 and two round cartridges from him. Meanwhile, police have appealed to citizens, including developers and material suppliers, to report to the police if they get extortion calls.

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