The Hush Post|4:53 pm |one-minute-read|
Dreaded underworld don Ravi Pujari has reportedly been arrested in South Africa. Now efforts are on for his deportation to India.
Pujari, who parted ways with underworld don Chhota Rajan, had jumped bail from Senegal, last year. Subsequently, he escaped to South Africa, where he was involved in big-time drug trafficking and extortion racket.
Sources in Indian Intelligence said that Ravi Pujari, who was hiding with a false identity of Anthony Fernandes, a Burkina Faso passport holder, was located in a remote village in South Africa.
On a tip-off from Indian external intelligence agency, the Senegal police air dashed to South Africa last week. 52-year-old Pujari wanted in over 200 cases of heinous crimes including murder and extortion, was detained with the help of South African agencies.
Sources in Mumbai Police said that Pujari’s arrest has not yet been confirmed officially. However, Ministry of External Affairs is in touch with its mission in South Africa.
An official in MEA did not speak on the issue. Embassy of Senegal in Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, also hasn’t respond queries regarding Pujari’s arrest.
Pujari is a movie junkie and an Amitabh Bachchan fan
The mafiaso first came into news in early 2000. It is when he started extorting huge amounts from famous Bollywood personalties and builders. He was involved in an attempt to murder case, aimed at killing a prominent lawyer of Mumbai.
Pujari’s wife Padma and three children also fled India and some of them hold Burkina Faso passport. His son who was recently married in Australia reportedly holds an Australian passport.
Pujari, a movie junkie influenced by Amitabh Bachchan’s portrayal as Anthony Gonsalves in ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ was using the name Anthony Fernandes.
This passport was issued on 10.7.2013 and is valid till 8.7.2023. The passport showed his profession as Agent Commercial. It means that he is designated as a businessman running a chain of restaurants Namaste India in Senegal, Burkina Faso and neighbouring countries.