According to crime branch sources, Vishal, who is involved in 13 murders and 50 robberied, threatened him over the phone to extort ‘protection’ money.
“However, after the first call, the jeweller ignored Goswami’s calls. On 12 March, Goswami fired shots at his residence in Ambawadi. The jeweller was scared and didn’t report the incident to the police then,” said a crime branch officer.
Vishal Goswami, his brother and two accomplices were arrested by crime branch in two different operations, at Mathura in UP and Badripur in Uttarakhand, last week.
Meanwhile, three other city-based jewellers approached crime branch officers to lodge complaints of extortion against Goswami and his men. “In all, nine jewellers approached us with extortion complaints against the Goswami gang,” said a senior crime branch officer.
5-day further remand for Goswami and aide
A metropolitan court on Thursday extended police remand of alleged extortionists Vishal Goswami and his brother-in-law Rinku for five days, in connection with the 2012 Prakash Soni murder case.
City crime branch submitted that during the five-day remand, Vishal and Rinku revealed that the weapon used in the murder was sold to another gangster called Vishwambhar.
Seeking further remand of the duo, prosecutor Y K Vyas submitted that Vishal and Rinku are relatives and roped in other relatives and friends to build a gang for the purpose of running an extortion racket by issuing threats to jewellers. After Soni’s murder, one weapon was recovered but the other was sold to Vishwambhar. The cops want to get a hold of this weapon too as it is an important piece of evidence.
The lawyer also argued that the cops wanted to know where the gun was procured from. Two abettors in this crime — Suraj Goswami and Jitendra Premsingh — are at large till date. Through Vishal and Rinku’s questioning the cops hope to learn their whereabouts.
The cops also wanted to know about Soni’s belongings, including his laptop that was looted by the accused, as well as information for tracing the gold.
Meanwhile, Vishal’s lawyers requested the court to direct crime branch to ensure proper treatment of the bullet wound in his thigh. Investigators also submitted that he would be taken to hospital on Friday.