The BJP on Saturday warned of fresh protests if immediate action was not taken over the alleged extortion threats received by three businessmen in Kairana area of Shamli district this past week.
The BJP had earlier raised the issue of Hindu families leaving Kairana following harassment by another community. The police had provided security to the victims, and cases had been registered over the alleged threats.
On Friday, a threatening letter was found pasted to the wall of one Suresh Chand’s house at Gharkeri village.
The letter stated that a man would come to meet Suresh on September 21, and if he did not hand over Rs 5 lakh to that person, then he and his family would be killed, according to police.
Earlier, on Thursday, an unidentified youth who had covered his face with a scarf walked into the shop of one Raj Kumar Singhal, and threatened him with dire consequences if he did not pay Rs 5 lakh. The youth left the shop on a motorcycle. Raj Kumar runs an electronic goods store at Begumpura market in Kairana.
Station House Officer, Kairana police station, Ambika Prasad said that according to CCTV footage, the youth who issued the threat appeared to be a gangster, Farqan, who was released on bail on August 29 in the extortion and murder case of another businessman, Vinod Kumar, who was shot dead while at his shop in Begumpura on August 16, 2014. It is alleged that Vinod Kumar was killed for not paying the extortion amount.
The first incident occurred Monday this week, when transporter (bus services) Gaurav Chauhan opened his shop to find a letter with a .32 bore live cartridge wrapped inside. The letter stated that if Chauhan failed to pay Rs 10 lakh within eight days, he would be killed. Chauhan’s shop is located in the main market of Kairana.
BJP leaders on Friday visited Kairana police station along with some businessmen,demanding the arrest of the accused.
“We have decided to launch a protest in Shamli if the district police fail to arrest those issuing extortion threats by Sunday,” said BJP’s Shamli district unit president, Pawan Trar.
Police arrested a local history-sheeter, Furqan’s brother Mehboob, and the latter’s son Amir for allegedly threatening one of the businessmen. Vijay Bhushan, SP Shamli, said that Furqan’s brother and nephew were arrested as they were seen near Raj Kumar’s shop in the CCTV footage, while the masked youth was threatening the businessman.
While Farqan has been named in one of the cases, according to Shamli’s Additional Superintendent of Police Anil Kumar Jha, he is yet to be traced by the police.