Pandav Putra gang member arrested for threatening shopkeepers

The VP Road police arrested an alleged member of Pandav Putra Gang on Sunday for extorting money and threatening the shopkeepers of the Kumbharwada area. The gangster identified as Krishna Karan alias Bhavjya had been out of jail on bail when he started harassing the shopkeepers again for protection money.

According to VP Road police, Bhavjya had approached Rohan Bar and Restaurant and demanded Rs 20,000 per month as protection money but the owner of the bar did not report the matter.

On Sunday, when Bhavjya went to the bar again, the manager refused saying that he needed to talk to the owner. Bhavjya then took out a revolver from his trousers and threatened him. Assuming that he was alone, the manager tried to retaliate but Bhavjya started running outside the bar with the revolver pointed at him. The manager then saw he had an accomplice.

The owner of the bar approached the police after the incident and registered a complaint. On Monday, the police got a tip-off that Bhavjya was going to come to Edenwala shop at SVP Road for extortion.

"The police laid a trap there and arrested Bhavjya. On searching him, the police recovered a revolver and five bullets from his pocket. We have arrested Bhavjya for extortion, threatening and under various sections of the Arms Act," said Rajendra Chavhan, senior police inspector of VP Road police station.

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