Man arrested for extortion

A 32-year-old man was arrested for threatening an east Delhi-based garment businessman to demand Rs 10 lakh extortion. The accused and two of his accomplices had stabbed businessman Lal Mohammad’s mother in Bihar and kidnapped his niece in December 2014. 

Mohammad complained to police, but made a payment of Rs 3 lakh without informing police in January. Last month, the extortionists also burnt Mohammad’s ancestral house in Bihar to demand another Rs 1 lakh to repair a mosque. 

The accused, identified as Ali Hassan, was finally arrested on Friday. He hails from Bihar’s Sheohar district. According to police, he along with two accomplices had been threatening Ajit Nagar-resident Mohammad since December 22, 2014. Mohammad had approached Gandhi Nagar police station in east Delhi on December 23, 2014.

In the first phone call, Mohammad was informed that they had stabbed his mother and kidnapped his niece in Bihar. “The gang released the girl as they had planned to kidnap Mohammad’s son. They threatened to kill Mohammad’s parents and family members if Rs 10 lakh was not paid,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Ajay Kumar.

During investigation, the police team found that the phone calls were made from several PCOs in Gandhi Nagar and old Delhi. Mohammad approached police again in the last week of April. He told police that the extortionists were demanding Rs 1 lakh to repair a mosque. “On being questioned, Mohammad said he had paid Rs 3 lakh to the extortionists out of fear on January 4 and did not inform police,” Kumar added. 

Police learnt that the latest calls were being made from Bapunagar in Gujarat. It helped police nab Ali Hassan on Friday and identify his accomplice as Alam and Dilshad.

Ali Hassan works as a labourer at a garment factory in Gujarat. He told police that his accomplice Alam lives in the neighbourhood of Mohammad’s ancestral house in Bihar. Alam knew that Mohammad was making good profit from his garment business.

Ali Hassan and Alam then made a plan to threaten Mohammad.Hassan asked his friend Dilshad to join them in December 2014. “As Mohammad paid the ransom in January, the gang decided to burn his ancestral house to demand more money,” Kumar said.

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