Nagpur: In a record of sorts, seventh land grab and extortion offence has been registered against the land shark Dilip Gwalbanshi and his henchmen. This is the first time in the city when seven offences have been registered against any goon within a week or so.
In the fresh case, the complainant Ramesh Katarpawar (60), resident of Plot No. 189, Ganpati Nagar, Sudarshan Nagar, Godhni, told Gittikhadan police that the accused Gwalbanshi and his henchmen had grabbed his two plots numbering 22-23 situated in Sachin Coop Society, Hazaripahad and were demanding Rs 5 lakh for ‘releasing’ the plots and allow him to construct a house at the place. The other day, when Ramesh and his brother were going to their plot, they were stopped by the accused Gwalbanshi and his men at knife-point. The accused demanded extortion money of Rs 5 lakh if they wanted to construct their house at the plots. The accused hurled abuses, doled out life threats and drove away the Katarpawar brothers from the plots.
Ramesh Katarpawar and his brother were so scared by the threats that they did not lodge any complaint with the police. However, since a spate of complaints were registered by many people against the land mafia Gwalbanshi and his accomplices, they also approached Gittikhadan police and registered a case in this connection.
Acting on the complaint, API Kamble has booked the accused Dilip Gwalbanshi and others under Sections 341, 384, 387, 504, 506(B), 34 of the IPC and mounted a probe in the case.
Gwalbanshi, a resident of Friends Colony, and former Corporator Rajesh Mate were arrested by Mankapur police for abetting the suicide of Bhupesh Sontakke and also for grabbing his land worth Rs 5 crores a few days back. Four more offences were registered against Gwalbanshi and his gang at Mankapur and Koradi police stations.
The Gittikhadan police earlier had registered an offence against the gang for grabbing 1.5 acre land belonging to Rukhmini Vaidya (60) by threatening to kill her and her son.