The Mumbai’s police’s Crime Branch on Friday brought gangster Yusuf Suleiman Kadri alias Yusuf Bachkana to the city on a transit remand from Bangalore in connection with the firing at builder Rajaram Manjaokar in Borivali earlier this year.
On May 28, three rounds were fired at Manjaonkar’s car. The Kasturba Marg police had arrested a man while the Crime Branch later arrested three more in the case.
The firing was allegedly carried out at the behest of Bachkana, a known aide of underworld don Chhota Rajan. Bachkana had allegedly made extortion calls to Manjaokar while being lodged inside the Hindalga Central Jail in Belgaum. When the builder did not oblige, Bachkana allegedly ordered the firing.
The revelation had led to the suspension of some prison officials from Hindalga and Bachkana was transferred to a central jail in Bangalore.
In the meantime, the Crime Branch initiated the process of seeking his custody for further interrogation.
“On Friday, we received Bachkana’s transit remand and brought him to Mumbai, after which we produced him in the Esplanade court. He was remanded in our custody till October 18. Bachkana has said he was trying to make a name for himself, and tried to extort money as well as ordered the attack on Manjaokar,” said a Crime Branch official.
However, in less than 24 hours of getting his custody, the Crime Branch has started wondering about the real motives. “We are wondering why a seasoned gangster like Bachkana would make the mistake of making extortion calls from a cellphone from inside a jail, knowing well that the location could be easily traced. He even identified himself during the calls,” an officer said.
The 44-year-old gangster faces several cases of extortion, murder and attempt to murder since as far back as 1986, when he was only a teenager. At the time, he was arrested along with Vicky Malhotra, another Rajan aide, for extortion from a diamond broker from Opera House. However, he was acquitted while Malhotra was convicted. The police’s appeal against the acquittal is pending in the Bombay High Court.
Police U-turn on suspect held earlier
The police on Friday said Parshuram Nalawade, who was arrested by the Kasturba Marg police, does not seem to have been involved in the crime after all. “Bachkana, in his extortion calls, had told Manjaokar that he knew the latter had recently paid Nalawade some money and was keeping a tight