4 Arrested for extorting money, had ties to Pakistan-based gang: Police

The accused revealed that the members of the extortion gang were staying in Pakistan and Dubai. (Case)


Four people with links to an extortion gang that operates from Pakistan and Dubai have been arrested, police said on Saturday.
The gang was discovered after extorting Rs 5 lakh from a property dealer.

On July 30, a property dealer filed a complaint, claiming he was receiving threatening calls from an unknown number on WhatsApp.

“Those on duty demanded Rs 5 lakh and threatened to kill me and my family if I did not do as they were told,” the plaintiff said.

Police said a first information report (FIR) had been filed and an investigation into the matter had been opened by the crime unit following which the four people had been arrested.

The defendants have been identified as Ritik, Gulshan, Bunty Kumar and Sandeep alias Sandy. 99 debit cards, 62 Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards and 23 mobiles and a bank passbook were recovered from their possession, police said.

The accused revealed that the members of the extortion gang were staying in Pakistan and Dubai and making calls to extort money.

Police said the gang members staying in Pakistan and Dubai deceived people online and extorted money from them through threatening calls. These four defendants informed their accomplices abroad of the details of the account as well as the day and time of the transaction.

They used to withdraw the amount the minute the transaction was completed, they said.

“The bank account to which the real estate dealer was asked to transfer money had also bought a person from Bihar by paying Rs 25,000 by the accused. They also have passbook and debit card and coin identity of this account and use online banking via mobile,” said Preet Pal Singh Sangwan, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Crime.

“After transferring money to the account, they deduct their 10% share and the rest of the money sent to their accomplices in Dubai and Pakistan via Hawala. The defendants were active in these crimes for the last three months Efforts are also being made to catch other defendants in the case,” ACP added.

Ritik and Gulshan arrested on August 13 were brought to court on August 14 and remanded in custody for six days. The other two were arrested on Friday, police said.

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