MBA graduate arrested for trying to extort money from pizza outlet

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The Kandivali Police has arrested a management graduate for threatening a pizza outlet staff and seeking to extort money from them.

Anil Oza (26), a management graduate was produced before a court on Thursday, which sent him to police custody.

During interrogation, Oza told police that he decided to extort money from the pizza outlet after reading a news piece about an incident wherein a company has paid a huge compensation to a consumer following a complaint.

As part of the game plan, Oza ordered four pizzas from a Charkop outlet.

After a few days, he complained to the pizza company via e-mail that the pizzas were delivered in boxes that had neither a green nor a red mark to indicate whether these were non-veg or veg food items. He alleged in the e-mail that he had received non-veg pizzas.

Claiming his religious sentiments were hurt, Oza demanded a compensation of Rs. 1 crore from the outlet failing which he threatened to defame them on social media.

During negotiations, Oza first reduced his compensation demand to Rs. 50 lakh and then to Rs. 10 lakh.

The outlet staff, who had complained to the police, agreed to pay Oza Rs. 25,000 as first installment.

Police inspector Sudhir Dalvi said they then laid a trap to nab Oza while accepting the money.