Mumbai Police Bring Back Notorious Gangster Prasad Pujari from China

Pujari, wanted in multiple serious crime cases, evaded Indian agencies for years

Mumbai Police Bring Back Notorious Gangster Prasad Pujari from China

Mumbai, March 23 - After years on the run, notorious gangster Prasad Vitthal Pujari has been brought back to Mumbai from China by the Mumbai Police. Pujari, a member of the Kumar Pillai gang, had been living in China on a temporary residence visa since 2008 and had managed to evade Indian authorities during this time. Interpol had issued a Red Corner Notice against him.

The police revealed that Pujari had taken extreme measures to avoid capture, including marrying a Chinese woman. Despite these efforts, China agreed to hand him over to Indian authorities. A team of police officers escorted the 44-year-old Pujari back to Mumbai on a flight on Saturday morning and took him into custody.

Pujari's criminal activities spanned a range of serious offenses, including a failed attempt to murder a Shiv Sena functionary, kidnapping, issuing death threats, and running an extortion ring targeting prominent individuals in Mumbai and other locations. He is a resident of Vikhroli in north-eastern Mumbai.

In 2020, Pujari, along with his mother Indira Vitthal Pujari and two others, conspired to kidnap a builder in order to extort Rs 10 lakh. While Mumbai Police managed to arrest Indira Pujari, her son remained elusive. During interrogation, Indira Pujari revealed that Prasad had also married a Chinese woman as part of his efforts to evade Indian authorities.

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