A crime ring in Bangalore, India, whose hobbies included extortion, loan sharking, and using nicknames, has been taken down by the Organized Crime division of the Central Crime Branch (CCB), according to a report on ExpressBuzz. The group’s activities included doling out high interest loans to businessmen and "hawkers" (interest charged on a daily or hourly basis, no less), and extorting protection money from videogame parlors, bars, restaurants, and businessmen. Besides shaking down videogames parlors, the other relevant link is that this crime organization was allegedly working with a politician.
The racket was busted when the CCB team nabbed a rowdy (a "lawless or disorderly person") named Majestic Seena, for collecting extortion money from local businesses on behalf of Sunil AKA Silent Sunil. Silent Sunil faces a dozen charges and is currently enjoying the hospitality of the central prison.
Still, his men continue to operate the extortion business in and around the city. The money collected from the extortion activity was allegedly handed over to BBMP (Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike) corporator of Lakkasandra Ward, Mahesh AKA Penga Mahesh, who is an associate of Sunil, according to CCB police. Penga Mahesh reportedly lent money to hawkers and petty businessmen at high rates as well.
Based on information from Majestic Seena, the police seized 5 lakh (500,000 rupees) from BBMP Corporator Mahesh's house. The preliminary investigation revealed that Mahesh was carrying out his business in the KR Market and Majestic areas, targeting hackers and petty businessmen. Police said that people were given "80 and at the end of the day collected 100."
Police said Mahesh had invested several lakhs in the market and had a "team of recovery agents" to collect the money. I imagine these "recovery agents" were not pestering these borrowers on the phone.. While police continue to investigate Mahesh, he has not been formerly booked on any charges yet. Penga Mahesh is no stranger to crime. He was involved in a murder case in 2004, but managed to get an acquittal.