Nitin Gadkari extortion calls case: Jayesh Pujari made the calls at behest of jailed LeT operative Afsar Pasha, police say
An ongoing probe into the threat and extortion call made to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has revealed that the accused Karnataka man has terror links.
Jayesh Poojari made the first call to the Union Minister on January 14 and demanded Rs.100 crore in extortion money. He had threatened to explode Gadkari’s Jan Sampark office if the ransom was not paid.
He again made an extortion call to Gadkari’s Jan Sampark office on March 21 and demanded a Rs.10 crore ransom.
Poojari was taken into custody by the Maharashtra Police on March 28.
Sources said on Saturday that the accused, Jayesh Poojari from Mangaluru who is currently in jail, is in connection with terrorist Afsar Pasha, who was involved in the 2005 terror attack on the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru.
According to the sources, Pasha, who is currently lodged in Belagavi’s Hindalga jail, has links to the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist outfit. The probe further revealed that Poojari had made the calls after colluding and planning with Pasha.
The Maharashtra Police had taken up the investigation and traced the call to the Hindalga prison.
The Maharashtra Special Task Force sleuths had also visited Hindalga prison to gather information.
The police are preparing to submit a charge sheet in connection to the case.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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