On Thursday, 5 people, including a woman, were arrested by the Amboli police for allegedly trying to extort Rs 25 crore from a film producer and businessman.
According to Mumbai Mirror, the accused have been identified as Hussain Makrani (36), Yuvraj Chauhan (30), Rehman Shaikh (45), Mahi Lucky Mishra (32) and Kewal Ram Kumar (60). The police have booked the five under sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 384 (extortion), 385 (putting a person in fear of injury to commit extortion) of the IPC and the IT Act. The police arrested the accused after they laid a trap at a coffee shop in Lokhandwala, Andheri West when they turned up to collect an installment of Rs 5 lakh after the producer managed to bring down the extortion amount to Rs 5 crore.
“The gang repeatedly kept calling me and sending me messages. It looks like a well-coordinated plan,” the 40-year-old complainant told the leading daily. The complainant told cops that the group had introduced themselves to him as journalists. They claimed to have an “obscene” video of his 68-year-old father with a woman they identified as Mahi Mishra. Later, they told the complainant that they were planning to upload it to a social media and told the producer that if he paid them Rs 25 crore they won’t upload the video.
On January 15, the senior citizen received a call from a person, who identified himself as Rahul Shukla, who said he was calling from a channel called ‘Discovery of Crime’. Rahul claimed to have an obscene video in which the senior citizen was seen, and asked if he wanted to “settle it”. After meeting the accused at a Goregaon hotel, they showed the producer a video stored in a pen drive, in which Mahi Mishra and the senior citizen could be seen. But, after a few seconds, the video became intimate, and the producer told cops that it looked like it was morphed.
After months of negotiations, the scared complainant managed to bring the figure down to Rs 25 lakh. On February 21, the businessman informed the police, and a trap was laid.