Mathadi Workers Arrested for Extortion Attempt in Pune

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Uruli Devachi, 20th January 2024: In a recent incident, the Loni Kalbhor police arrested three Mathadi workers and booked three others on charges of threatening and attempting to extort money from the tenant of a godown owner in Uruli Devachi.

The complaint was filed by government contractor Mohsin Shaikh, a resident of NIBM Road in Kondhwa. According to Shaikh, between January 12 and 17, six workers harassed his tenant, demanding Rs15,000 for each vehicle being unloaded at the godown. The threat included locking down the facility if the payment was not made.

After negotiations, the extortionists reduced their demand to Rs7,000 per vehicle but continued to intimidate the tenant. Frustrated by the situation, the godown owner decided to seek police intervention and filed a complaint.

Senior Inspector Shashikant Chavan revealed that the workers involved in the incident were illegal and not registered with the Mathadi Workers’ Board. The godown owner and the tenant were not obligated to provide work to these workers. Following the victim’s complaint, the police decided to take action and registered a case against the accused under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code.

The search is currently underway for the remaining three workers involved in the extortion attempt.