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Crime Diary: July 23

TWO ARRESTED FOR EXTORTION

Two persons were arrested for allegedly extorting Rs 25 lakh from a city based businessman after being influenced by a Bollywood film, police said on Sunday.

40-year-old Surender Kumar Jindal alias Subham Aggarwal and Bansi Dhar Pathak were arrested by the Delhi police near a private hospital in Noida when the money was being delivered to them.

‘Jindal and Pathak conceived the idea of extorting money from the victim. They drew their inspiration from famous Bollywood movie Welcome and used the name 'Uday Shetty of underworld' to intimidate the victim,’ the police said.

Two mobile phones with SIM cards, which were allegedly used by the accused to make intimidating calls to Vinay Kansal, who has the business of selling raw materials used for manufacturing of electrical switches in Rani Bagh, were recovered by the police from the possession of the accused.

According to police, Jindal, an old business acquaintance of Kansal, has hatched the conspiracy with Pathak to extort Kansal as he was under heavy debt due to his wife’s ailments.

According to the complaint lodged with Rani Bagh police, from 11 July  onwards Kansal started getting extortion calls from one ‘Uday Shetty of Underworld’ with a direction that Rs 25 lakh should be delivered to him near F Block, Sector 63, Noida on a designated date to ensure the safety of himself and his family.

After receiving the complaint, a joint team of Special Staff of North West District was constituted and and a Head Constable was assigned to be the decoy driver of the victim’s car to hand over the money to the accused, as per the police.

Police claimed to have overpowered the accused Pathak, who had come on a bike to collect the money from the victim’s driver, while delivering the money by the decoy driver.

Pathak later revealed that Jindal was the mastermind behind this, the police said.

An FIR was lodged on the charge of extortion and criminal intimidation against the accused under various sections of IPC.


SNATCHERS' GANG BUSTED

West district police has busted a gang of snatchers, fond of latest racer bikes and inspired by Bollywood movies. Two members of the gang have been arrested, police said on Sunday.

‘With the arrest of Rakesh alias Lala and Rinku on Saturday, more than one dozens of incidents of snatching have been solved,’ said V Renganathan, Additional commissioner of police (west).

The gang was headed by Rakesh. A motorcycle, a country-made pistol with live cartridge and one button-activated knife were recovered from their possession, said Renganathan.

During interrogation, they disclosed that they belong to poor economical background and could not continue their studies.


DRI SEIZES CONTRABAND WORTH CRORES AT IGI

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has claimed to have unearthed an international drug racket with the arrest of two businessmen and seizure of 352 kg of party drug ‘Ketamine’ being smuggled to Malaysia.

The drug worth around Rs 35 crore in the international market was being smuggled to Malaysia from the Air Cargo complex at the Indira Gandhi International airport here.

The duo, Paramjeet Singh Gulati (Kingpin) and his associate, Atul Kumar Agarwal, have been arrested by DRI sleuths. Both of them have been sent to 14 days judicial custody by a Delhi court.

The officials have also seized about Rs 1.60 crore cash, said to be the sale proceedings of narcotics, and two luxury cars - Toyota Innova and Lancer - from the searches carried out at their premises.

Acting on a specific input, the Delhi Zonal Unit of the DRI in an operation conducted late night on 18 July at the Air Cargo Complex intercepted the consignment containing 151.980 kg of Ketamine concealed in pouches, said to contain
mehndi
(Henna) powder and other cosmetic items like bangle boxes, vanity box etc, an official said.

Following this further searches were carried out at various office, residential and godown premises of the accused, which resulted in further recovery of 200 Kgs of Ketamine concealed in solutions of rose water, liquid glucose, refined glycerin and ethyl acetate.

Ketamine is used as anaesthesia for treating animals.

However, the drug is commonly abused in rave parties as sedatives.

DRI officials have also recovered different types of packing material like mehndi powder, glass bangle box, vanity box, ladies pouch purses among others used to conceal the contraband in the shipments.

Along with the contraband goods, various other incriminating documents, including record of voluminous hawala transactions, letter heads, forged Import Export Code (IEC) certificates and a number of rubber stamps were also recovered.

IEC is a unique 10 digit code issued by Director General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce to Indian Companies. IEC is mandatory for import or export in India.

‘The modus operandi adopted by the syndicate was to procure huge quantities of Ketamine and to export the same in the name of forged particulars of various exporters,’ he said.

The two vehicles used for ferrying the drugs - Toyota Innova and Lancer car were also seized by DRI, the official said.

DRI has also found papers related to previous shipments sent by the accused.

‘It is a big seizure. We are investigating the case and trying to enquire about old consignments sent by them. We may also recommend the case to Enforcement Directorate (ED) to probe money laundering,’ the official added.


NO BREAKTHROUGH IN WOODLAND DGM MURDER

Even after three days of murder of Deputy General Manager (Marketing) of Woodland in Indirapuram, the police is still groping in the dark. The police is now planning to interrogate the victim, Ankit Sharma’s wife, who is likely to return from Indore this week. 

‘The method and weapon used in the case indicates involvement of professional killers. But it’s a completely blind case as the neighbours were not able to help us in even making the sketch of the attackers,’ said Shiv Shankar Yadav, S P City, Ghaziabad. The police, so far, does not have any substantial information from the six former employees of the company, whom they have detained on suspicion, as they were sacked by Sharma during the last six months.

Over a dozen more former and present employees of the company were also rounded up and are still being interrogated. According to the police, the attackers used 0.30 mm pistol, had a two-minute conversation with Sharma and managed to flee without leaving behind any evidence. All this indicates the involvement of professional killers.

Sharma was shot dead at his residence on Friday morning when he returned home after dropping his daughters at their schools. The culprits, who came on a bike, fled after pumping over a dozen bullets in him.

‘We have also sent a police team to Rohtak in Haryana to interrogate a woman, who used to talk to him till late in the night. The woman concerned was a school-time friend of Sharma and is a professor in an Engineering college in Rohtak,’ added Yadav.

According to the mobile records of Sharma, he used to talk to the woman quite often and also had a long conversation with her on Friday night, a day before his murder.

‘The police team interrogated the woman and his husband but so far, no useful information has been received from them. We have asked our team to be in Rohtak for further investigation,’ said Gorakhnath Yadav, SHO of Indirapuram police station.

The victim, Sharma, had sacked three employees of Woodland’s outlet in Kohat Enclave in Pitampura around six months ago after discovering Rs 2 lakh fraud and three more employees from its outlet in Opulent Mall in Ghaizabad two months ago, where he discovered a fraud of Rs 1.5 lakh.


YOUTH HELD FOR STEALING AT IGI

A youth was arrested from the IGI airport here for allegedly stealing an iPhone and a digital camera from a store just before boarding a flight to Bangalore, police said on Sunday.

The youth, who resides in Kalkaji, was apprehended from the boarding gate yesterday afternoon, minutes before he was to board a flight to the southern city, a senior police official said.

The arrest came following a complaint filed by the staff of a store located in the IGI airport selling electronic items.

According to the complaint, the accused came to the store around 4.10 pm and purchased a hair straightener worth Rs 1,995.

During this purchase, he also allegedly lifted an iPhone worth Rs 50,900 and a camera worth Rs 13,900, kept them in his handbag without billing and left the store. When the staff noticed this they rushed to the boarding gates.

‘When he came to the store, he was wearing a pink T-shirt and then he changed into a yellow one. He was found near boarding gate no 42 and on suspicion,  we checked his handbag. We found both the stolen items there,’ the complainant claimed.

He was handed over to police along with the CCTV footage collected from the shop, the official said. A case of theft has been registered against him.
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