Jalandhar, April 17, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
The Commissionerate police on Wednesday have arrested four extortionists including a minor and his elder brother and seized ransom money of Rs 50,000 from their possession from Grain Market.
The accused have been identified as Amandeep Singh (22), his minor brother (16), of New Gurdev Nagar, their maternal uncle Jodh Singh (32) of Fateh Singh Nagar in Amritsar and Deepak alias Nannu (23) of Partap Nagar, Sodal Road. Jodh Singh has been nabbed from Jalandhar Bypass in Ludhiana.
The police have also recovered two mobiles, one Splendor bike used in crime (PB08-BN-2421), one stolen Activa (PB08-CL-9172), one sharp-edged weapon and a toy pistol.
Addressing a press conference, Commissioner of Police (CP) Mr Gurpreet Singh Bhullar accompanied by DCP Investigation Mr Gurmeet Singh, ADCP-1 Ms D Sudarvizhi told that some unidentified persons were threatening a jeweller Om Parkash (name changed) and demanding Rs 10 lakh for past few days as ransom failing which they would kidnap his son and would kill him.
He said that the jeweller got frightened and paid Rs 50,000 in a black bag by throwing it stealthily in flower pots on GT road near Sarb Multiplex as told by extortionists on phone to him. The bag was picked by three bike-borne persons.
“After this, jeweller Om Parkash (name changed) complained to the police about the incident and a case under sections 384, 34, 379 and 411 of IPC has been registered against unknown persons. Following his statement, the Commissionerate police formed three special teams of CIA-1, CIA-2 and Police Station-2 to nab the extortionists and on the basis of CCTV footages, technical probe and other investigation, and arrested four above mentioned persons who were involved in this case”, CP said.
Mr Bhullar told during preliminary interrogation it has come to the fore that the minor accused was well-known to jeweller’s son and had visited the latter’s house many times and conspired to extort the money from the family with Amandeep and Deepak.
He said that on April 5, the accused phoned jeweller on his mobile that someone had given them a contract to kill him and if he wants to save his life, he would have to pay Rs 10 lakh.
“ When the complainant did not pay any heed to their calls, the accused stole jeweller’s activa (PB08-CL-9172) to build pressure on him on April 14 for the ransom. The accused again called him and threatened to kidnap his son following which the victim agreed to pay Rs 6 lakh to them but he gave only Rs 50,000 in the bag”, Mr Bhullar added.
The stolen activa was sold to Jodh Singh of Rs 5000 who is maternal uncle of Amandeep and minor. Further, they had confessed that after getting the extortion money, they had conspired to abduct jeweller’s son for huge ransom money.
He added that minor is studying in 10th class while his elder brother Amandeep and accomplice Deepak were in the business of aluminium gate manufacturing. Two criminal cases are already registered against Deepak in Police Station-2.