'BSES officials' caught for extortion

A gang of imposters who used to extort money from people in south Delhi posing as BSES officials has been busted by police and sleuths of power discom’s vigilance team with the help of residents of RK Puram and Sant Nagar in Nehru Place.

Gang leader Rahul Sharma alias Brijesh Sharma and one of his main accomplices have been arrested a couple of days ago. While the gang leader has been remanded to Tihar Jail for 14 days, his accomplice has been remanded for two days, the BSES said. The hunt is on to catch the remaining members of the gang.

“Posing as BSES ‘enforcement’ officials, the gang used to scare well-off residents by telling them that their electricity meter was tampered with which amounts to power theft,” said BSES in a statement.

“They used to say their act not only attracts a heavy penalty, but also imprisonment. Later, they used to settle the case taking  money,” it added.

BSES had received a tip-off about the gang from a resident of RK Puram. “The gang was trying to extort money using a similar modus operandi from a lady in Sant Nagar. The alert Sant Nagar resident called BSES’ vigilance department and was asked to play along,” said BSES.

“BSES’ vigilance team ran Rahul’s mobile number against the consumer database and found that it belonged to Sant Ram Sharma of Sangam Vihar,” it added.

Sant Ram was kept under surveillance for several days. “The evidence was given to the RK Puram police station which deputed an official to accompany BSES’ vigilance team and arrested the gang leader,” BSES said.

On interrogation, Rahul confessed to have been operating in posh areas of south Delhi and at his instance, his main accomplice Rajesh was nabbed in Tigdi Village, it added.
“Rahul was stealing electricity to the tune of 15 KW by ingeniously concealing a cable in the wall. He has been booked under section 135 of the Electricity Act, 2003 with Sangam Vihar police station,” the BSES said.

“We have been urging our consumers to be wary of such unscrupulous elements. We once again appeal to our consumers not to get intimidated or induced by the threats and false assurances of the imposters and not give them any money, whatever be the reason,” said a BSES official in a statement. “All fines and penalties are to be made only at the designated BSES offices.”

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