In a major win for India, fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari, who has been on the run for 15 years, was arrested in West Africa by the Senegal police on Thursday, in an operation where several Indian agencies including the Gujarat Police played a part. As per sources, Ravi Pujari was hiding in West Africa's Burkina Faso until recently. However, after the Indian intelligence moved on him, he fled and hid in Senegal, West Africa, sources have confirmed.
Republic TV has accessed super exclusive details on Ravi Pujari's travel information. As per sources in central agencies, Ravi Pujari was travelling with a passport issued in the name of Anthony Fernandez. Furthermore, he was travelling on a Sri Lankan passport.
As per sources, he was arrested by the Senegal police on January 22, in the capital city Dakar where he was running an Indian restaurant by the name 'Namaste India'. The Indian ambassador in Dakar confirmed his arrest to the officials in India on January 26 and the authorities were quick to respond.
Exclusive pictures of Ravi Pujari's restaurant: 'Namaste India' in Dakar:
Sources told Republic on a late night call that a special flight will be dispatched to bring Ravi Pujari to India. In the meantime, he has been placed under extradition detention at the Rebeuss Detention Center in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa.
As per sources, the Gujarat police was working with the Maharashtra agencies on the intelligence gathering, which was largely extracted from Pujari's close aides Akash Shetty and William Rodricks, who were arrested by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) earlier in January for threatening a builder.
Meanwhile, the Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police has invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against Akash Shetty and William Rodricks, the two alleged members of the Ravi Pujari gang.
Ravi Pujari has been charged in dozens of extortions and murders cases, registered in various parts of the nation.
The development has come only a day after AgustaWestland chopper scam accused Rajiv Saxena and corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar were extradited from UAE to India.