The Chandigarh vigilance department arrested a man on Tuesday for allegedly blackmailing a former employee of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board. Chandu Ram (55),a peon working in the water board,has been arrested on charges of blackmailing Sadhu Singh – a resident of Nayagaon
Singh had bought National Saving Certificates worth Rs 12,000 in 2000. He says he remembers keeping it in a log book after which he lost them. Singh,who retired in 2006,forgot about the certificates.
Six months ago,an employee of the organisation approached Singh with photocopies of the certificates and was told to meet a man who had the originals. The retired official says that when he contacted the accused Chandu Ram,he was asked for Rs 20,000 in return for the certificates.
I told him that it is my hard earned money. I offered him Rs 5,000 as a reward for returning my certificates. But he was insistent upon the amount he demanded and was not ready to compromise, Singh said. Following this the negotiations went on for almost six months. Being harassed for a long time Singh filed a complain with the MD of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board but no action was allegedly taken.
Meanwhile,the accused agreed to return the certificates for Rs 10,000. Singh then approached the vigilance department and filed a complaint.
The accused was called to parking lot in Sector 26,Chandigarh. Vigilance department officials had been waiting there and they arrested Chandu Ram on the spot.
After we received the complaint we laid the trap. Ram was demanding Rs 10,000. As he counted the money and found it to be only Rs 9,000 he refused to accept the amount. It was at this point that we arrested him,said an official of state vigilance department.
The certificates amounting to 12,000 were recovered from the accused. The case against the accused has been registered under Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and Section 384 ( extortion) of the Indian Penal Code, said J L Meena ,Officer on Special Duty of State vigilence Commission.