Cops nab extortionists while picking ransom

Two men have been arrested in west Delhi for allegedly making extortion calls for Rs 20 lakh to a businessman in Vikaspuri.

The two young men had threatened to kidnap and kill the businessman’s children if he failed to pay the money.

Police said the two were so desperate to make quick money that they brought down the extortion demand from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 1 lakh.

Also, they themselves turned up at a pre-designated spot to collect money without realising that they could possibly be walking into a trap laid by police.

That is what exactly happened as they were nabbed while collecting the cash.
The two accused have been identified as Bilal Khan and Barqat Saifi, both 23-years-old and residents of west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar.

The complainant Deepak, 35, lives in the same area. Khan and Saifi were unemployed for the past few months after which they decided to indulge in an extortion racket.

“We have recovered Rs 1 lakh that was paid to them by the complainant as per our plan to nab the extortionists. A mobile phone and two SIM cards, procured on fake identities and used for making the extortion calls, and a Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle were also recovered from them,” said Pushpendra Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), in a release on Sunday.

The victim had approached Vikaspuri police station on January 1 to lodge a complaint that he had received three ransom calls from unknown persons.

“The unknown callers asked Deepak to pay Rs 20 lakh, otherwise they would kidnap and kill his children. Accordingly, a case was registered and four separate teams were formed to nab the extortionists,” said Kumar.

Daring criminals
One of the extortionists dared to even visit Deepak’s shop on Saturday and directed him to come to Chhath Pooja Park near Najafgarh drain with Rs 1 lakh.

Deepak has an aquarium business and also deals in property. Deepak immediately informed police who directed him to reach the spot with the cash.

“The bag containing the cash was left on a motorcycle as directed by the extortionists. The two men arrived there to collect the cash after Deepak left, but a police team waiting nearby overpowered them,” said Kumar.

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