Gangster Lakdawala’s brother, aide arrested for extortion

Gangster Ejaz Lakdawala's brother Sameer and his accomplice, a recently-released murder convict, were arrested by the Mumbai police on Friday for allegedly demanding Rs 17 lakh from two Malad-based businessmen.

Interestingly, Sameer was working as a self-styled RTI activist in Malwani area. Police identified the other accused as Mohammed Arshad Sheikh alias Chhota Arshad, who had spent 22 years in jail.

Crime branch officers said one of the two complainants had recently sold some property to the other in Malwani and the two accused got wind of the transaction.

"Sameer and Arshad began extorting money from both of them and had even assaulted them on one occasion," said an officer.

Niket Kaushik, additional commissioner of police (crime branch), added that the duo had been remanded in police custody till November 27.

In 2003, Sameer was arrested in an extortion case in 2003 and had allegedly committed the crime at the behest of his brother Ejaz. Ejaz is wanted for cases of extortion, attempt to murder and rioting. He was rumoured to have been in Bangkok in 2003.

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