At least four persons have been arrested for allegedly making calls to the acting superintendent of Dhanbad district demanding money for ‘lucrative posting’.
According to the police, the case came to light when Sub-Divisional Officer Mahesh Kumar Santhalia, who is also in additional charge of the district prison, received a call a few days ago. The caller on the phone claimed to be the personal assistant of the CM. The SDO informed the SSP about the same.
The police decided to set a trap and when the caller called up again, the SDO told him that he was not in a position to come to Ranchi ‘as asked by him’ and that he should come to Dhanbad. Two days ago, when the caller arrived in the evening at a designated place, the police laid a trap and caught the person. He was later identified as Moin Khan. At his instance, the police came to know that a gang was involved.
The police on Monday took a team to Hazaribagh, where his associate Subodh was arrested. Subsequently, the police arrested Sanjay Prasad. Another person, who drove the vehicle allegedly involved in the entire episode, was also arrested.
Dhanbad Senior Superintendent of Police Manoj Ratan said, “Sanjay and Subodh are brothers-in-law. They have criminal antecedents. Moin was working with them in the hope of making some money. The driver did not have an active role, but had helped them in the alleged crime.”
Ratan added that the accused had earlier made calls to jailors in Chatra district and some other places. “However, we have not got any evidence of money changing hands. We are investigating further,” he said. Probe also revealed that two months ago, the gang had reportedly made calls to a deputy jailor seeking to extort money on the same premise. However, the deputy jailor had ignored the calls and also did not inform the police about it.