Extortionist kills trader, arrested

He asked for more money, victim refused to pay

A 21-year-old man has been arrested for murdering a Noida businessman from whom he had been extorting money, police said on Monday.

Police said Ved Gujjar of Nai Basti at Gautam Budh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh shot businessman Ashok Aggarwal around 8:30 am on June 29. Ved along with his accomplices reached Ashok’s office at Anandpur in Noida and fired six rounds at him. 

Ved kept on shouting his own name while firing. When some kiln labour gathered at the spot, he fired three more rounds in the air to scare them away. A case of murder was registered on the same day. 

Police received a tip-off that a desperate extortionist involved in the murder of a businessman at Noida would come to Narela Industrial area in the City on Sunday. 

Police laid a trap and arrested the man, later identified as Ved Gujjar. Police also recovered arms from his possession.

Ved told police that he along with his accomplices had been extorting money from local traders and brick kiln owners since the past year. 

He was also extorting money from Ashok Aggarwal, who was the owner of three brick kilns in Gautam Budh Nagar and also owned a motorcycle and a shoe showroom in Ghaziabad.  

Since last one month, Ved had been demanding more money. 

When Ashok refused to pay that,  Ved decided to shoot the kiln owner and make an example of him.

“Efforts are being made to ascertain his previous involvements in crime,” said deputy commissioner of police (crime) S K Jain.

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