BJP MLA receives extortion threats

BJP MLA receives extortion threats

 Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from east Delhi’s Trinagar, Nand Kishore Garg, claimed that he and his two sons have been receiving threatening calls from extortionists demanding Rs 25 lakh.

A case has been registered over the statement of Garg’s son, police said on Friday.

Garg lives with his family in west Delhi’s East Punjabi Bagh. Police said Garg’s elder son Vikas told police that the first call was made on his phone around 4 pm on Monday.

The caller introduced himself as Neeraj, a gangster, and asked for Rs 25 lakh as ransom. 

“The accused threatened that Garg and his family members will be killed if the ransom amount was not paid,” said a police officer.

Calls to son’s phone

Similar calls were received by Garg and Garg’s younger son Vivek on their mobile phones.

“The calls were of short durations and were made from mobile phones,” the officer added.

The garg family members were told that their house would be attacked by the gang, and that they would be shot dead.

A case under sections 506 (criminal intimidation) and 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) of the Indian Penal Code and section 66-A of the Information Technology Act has been registered over Vikas’ statement with Punjabi Bagh police station.

The investigating officers have the phone numbers from which the extortion calls were made.

“All the numbers were found switched off and obtained through fake IDs,” the officer said.

Garg was the MLA of the constituency from 1993 to 2003 and returned to power by defeating Aam Aadmi Party’s Jitender Singh Tomar by 2,809 votes in the December 2013 election.

Garg has not denied involvement of political conspiracy in the incident. Garg told police that he and AAP’s Tomar were not in speaking terms since campaigning for last state Assembly election.