A lavish lifestyle and everything posh of the kingpin of the multi-crore extortion racket being run from call centres in Mumbai and Ahmedabad was not restricted to him - Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy (23) had gifted a Rs 2.5 crore Audi R8 to his 21-year-old girlfriend on her birthday, the Thane police have said.
According to officers Sagar, who owns numerous high-end cars, was the first to buy it in Ahmedabad. Cops said they have no clue on his girlfriend's whereabouts and have been searching for her to recover the car.
The police said some of his arrested school friends provided that piece of information. According to them, Sagar often talked about this gift with them.
"After he moved to Ahmedabad, Sagar started living with his sister Reema and was idling away time. The scam started after he came in contact with the mastermind based in the US, who provided him with all the crucial data," added an officer.
Sources also revealed that Sagar has a huge business in Dubai that he has set up with his earnings from the extortion racket.
FBI in Thane
Seven Federal Bureau of Investigation officers will visit the Thane commissionerate today with the data of the victims.
"We have been coordinating with them and will give them all possible details and extend maximum help to lead to breakthroughs in the investigation," said Parambir Singh, Commissioner of Police, Thane.
The police also detained four Hawala operators who were laundering money from Ahmedabad to Mumbai. "They were released after questioning and will now be made witnesses in the case. We are trying to unearth their network and the links between the US and Ahmedabad," added an officer.
The Ahmedabad police in the last three years have registered several cases of cheating against call centres and raided many of them.
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