The GRP here has invoked the stringent MCOCA against a millionaire hawker accused of extortion.

The millionaire hawker, his wife and six other associates accused of extortion, and attached many of his properties worth crores.

Santosh Kumar alias Bablu Thakur, as the accused was known, has properties worth crores, including two-high end cars and a motorcycle, 10 houses in Mumbai, two land plots at his native places in Uttar Pradesh, five acre agricultural land, 1.5 of gold, insurance policies worth around 10 lakh and cash in about 30 bank accounts.

Bablu Thakur, was allegedly involved in extorting money from hawkers at railway station and would beat and attack them with sharp weapons if they refused to pay.

The officials said, Thakur has been booked under several Acts, besides (MCOCA).

The accused Bablu Thakur was running his extortion racket at Dadar, Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Byculla and Kurla railway station here as well as stations in neighbouring Thane city and Kalyan town.

Inputs: Hindustan Times

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