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Gangster Ravi Pujari was produced before a special court in Mumbai which remanded him in the custody of Mumbai police till March 9 in a case of firing in 2016.
Earlier, Pujari was brought to India from South Africa in February last year after being on the run for several years and was lodged in a jail in Bengaluru.
A Mumbai police team on Saturday left for Bengaluru after a court in Karnataka allowed the gangster’s handover in connection with the firing incident that took place in Vile Parle area here on October 21, 2016.
Following the incident, case was registered under provisions of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
Pujari was brought to Mumbai from Bengaluru by road on Tuesday morning, a police official said.
The Mumbai police’s anti-extortion cell, which is conducting a probe into the case, produced him before a special MCOCA court here.
Special Judge D E Kothalikar remanded Pujari in the police’s custody till March 9.
Seven associates of Pujari are already in jail in this case, police earlier said.
Pujari, hailing from Udupi in Karnataka, ran an extortion racket from abroad that targeted businessmen and film personalities, they said.