East district police on Saturday arrested an alleged extortionist who was making calls to a cloth merchant in Gandhi Nagar, threatening to harm the businessman’s parents in Bihar’s Seohar district. While police were still investigating the case, the accused also allegedly set the victim’s parent’s house ablaze.
On December 23 last year, police received a complaint from Lal Mohammad, who runs a ready-made garments shop in Gandhi Nagar. Mohammad told police that he had received a call from an unidentified person, who demanded Rs 10 lakh. The caller, he said, also claimed that he had grievously injured his mother and kidnapped his nephew, mistaking him for Mohammad’s son. However, the nephew was later freed. Mohammad called his parents to Delhi following this incident.
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Police said the calls were being made from different calling booths in Gandhi Nagar and Old Delhi. Then the calls stopped for a while. The caller resurfaced in January, this time demanding Rs 1 lakh from Mohammad for repair works at the local masjid.
Police traced the calls made in January to Bapunagar, Gujarat. When a team was dispatched to Gujarat, they were unable to catch the extortionist and his associates, who had escaped to Delhi. By this time the extortionists had allegedly razed Mohammad’s parent’s house.
Police finally traced the prime accused Ali Hassan to Old Delhi Railway station and arrested him on Friday. His associates Alam and Dilshad are absconding, police said.