Underworld Interest In Real Estate

Pune, April 23 With the recovery of documents pertaining to 241 real estate projects at different stages of construction in the city from gangster-turned-legislator Arun Gawli’s brother Vijay Ahir’s residence, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch is proactively making telephone calls to all builder whose project is among the 241. Crime Branch officials will inquire each builder whether he received any extortion threat.
“The documents pertain to 241 city projects which contain tenders to the (Slum Rehabilitation Authority) and the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). We are calling up every builders concerned to ask them whether they were called to Dagdi Chawl or received extortion threats from Gawli or any of the other accused,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria.
Gawli, Ahir and six other accused have been arrested by Unit 3 of the Crime Branch for allegedly issuing extortion demands to a city builder. They have been booked for extortion, criminal conspiracy, intimidation and house trespass. “We are asking builders to come forward and lodge complaints if they have been threatened, and we are promising full security for them and their families if they do lodge complaints,” said Maria.
According to Maria, the Crime Branch has been keeping a close eye on the several SRA projects in the city, in order to collect intelligence on underworld interests in the realty sector.
The Crime Branch on Friday last also sent a letter to the Union Food and Civil Suppies Ministry after an identity card showing Ahir to be a member of a central government task force on food processing units in Maharashtra was recovered from his house.
“We have asked the Ministry to confirm if Ahir really is a member of the task force. Ahir has two prior criminal offences registered against him — an extortion case in 1993 and a preparation to commit dacoity case in 1999. If he is actually a member of the task force, we have asked the Ministry how he might have been appointed despite a criminal record,” said Maria.
The Crime Branch has also written to authorities at GT Hospital seeking explanation about conflicting opinions given by two doctors when Gawli was taken to hospital for a compulsory check-up after his arrest.
“When we took him to GT Hospital, he was complaining of dysentery and hypertension. While a doctor had cleared his check-up, another hospital doctor gave a conflicting medical opinion which could have affected police custody. We have informed the medical authorities about this,” said Maria.

2 Comments

  1. Real Estate India
    Posted April 24, 2008 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    This is mainly why we need a central body to control the exchange of property in an organized manner.It is quite difficult to go up against powerful people all by yourself, especially when there is so much at stake.

  2. Posted April 30, 2008 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    ya its true now every person wants investment in a real estate bcz there is continue boom in real estate

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