History-sheeter who ‘terrorised’ bizmen in western suburbs held

The anti-extortion cell has arrested a man who was allegedly terrorising businessmen in the western suburbs by showing up at their offices armed with guns and demanding money. The accused was arrested after a scuffle in Santacruz Saturday. Some of his associates, too, are wanted by the police.

Crime Branch officers said Zulfikar Behlim (32) has three cases registered against him with Santacruz police.

"For the past 15 days, Behlim and his associates had been threatening the general manager of a construction firm in the western suburbs. They would reach their offices at odd hours of the night armed with weapons and would demand Rs 8 lakh from him. The manager registered a complaint with Santacruz police on November 28. The same night, Behlim and some of his accomplices visited the office of the firm in Daulat Nagar and broke some window panes. The act was caught on a CCTV camera inside the office and a

separate case was subsequently registered," said an officer with anti-extortion cell.

The officer claimed that further inquiries revealed that Behlim had also visited Pakeeza Hotel in Santacruz and threatened the manager with weapons. He and his associates had allegedly ransacked the hotel, damaging some equipment, and threatened to kill the owner unless he paid them Rs 5 lakh. A complaint in this regard was registered with Santacruz police on

November 24.

On Saturday night, the anti-extortion cell received a tip off that Behlim would be coming to Sreeji Hotel in Oshiwara and laid a trap for him. Behlim showed up around midnight and the police

approached him, after which a scuffle ensued.

"Behlim was under the influence of some narcotics. It took six of us to overpower him. We recovered Rs 3,23,375 from his Corolla car as well as two cellphones and four SIM cards," said an officer.

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