Mangaluru: On receiving information about his movements in Ashoknagar, the city crime bureau (CCB) police team arrested Vishal C Uchil (27), a resident of Nalapad Residency apartments near Pumpwell on Saturday.
He is said to be a close associate of underworld dons Ravi Pujari and ‘Kali’ Yogish, who are suspected to be controlling criminal and extortion activities from their bases abroad.
He has been accused of gathering the landline and mobile numbers of affluent entrepreneurs and builders in the city and passing them on to the dons for the purpose of extortion.
He is also said to be passing the numbers to Pratap Shetty, an accused in the murder of advocate Naushad Kashimji in Falnir, currently lodged in the district jail.
The CCB police got a tip-off that he was roaming around in Ashoknagar and possessed live ammunition. Live bullets and mobile handsets have been seized from him.
He has been handed over to the Urva police for further investigation and action.