Mumbai Police’s crime branch has arrested international narcotics smuggler Santosh Shetty, an alleged associate of underworld don Chhota Rajan, from Bangkok and has brought him to Mumbai. Santosh Shetty is wanted in more than 15 cases of extortion and kidnapping against Indian businessmen, all over India.
Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy said Shetty used to call businessmen from various parts of India to Bangkok promising them to provide investment opportunities in hotel business and then kidnap them and extort money from their families.
Several such cases have been registered against Shetty in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Shetty was living in Bangkok on a fake passport, by the name of Nick Sharma, for some years.
Mumbai Police had been working on a joint international operation for the last 6 months to arrest him. Shetty hails from an affluent Mumbai family in south Mumbai. He has a degree in hotel management and has worked in a five-star hotel for some years.
In 1988, he joined the underworld and started smuggling gold and later narcotics. In 1993, he started working with Chhota Rajan and shifted to Bangkok.
Shetty has lived in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia, where he mostly dealt in narcotics. In the last few years, he also ran his own SS gang and managed extortions and contract killings.
Shetty is alleged to be involved in the contract killing of lawyer Shahid Azmi and gangster Farid Tanasha in Mumbai, in 2010.
Roy said Shetty used the latest technology to evade arrest and investigation and he worked in close association with gangster Bharat Nepali till November 2010. Shetty has confessed that in November 2010 he called Bharat Nepali to a beach house in Pattaya and shot him dead and disposed his body in the sea.
This was after Shetty suspected that Nepali wanted to bump off Vijay Shetty, their associate in narcotics business.
Roy said the operation was mounted in cooperation with Thai government and Bangkok Police but operational details could not be revealed. Zeenews