3 held for extortion bid, threatening to kill P'kula builder

  • HT Correpondent, None, Panchkula
  • Updated: Aug 31, 2015 11:08 IST
DCP Anil Kumar Dhawan (centre) addressing a press conference after the arrest of the accused (with faces covered) at the mini-secretariat in Panchkula.

Police have arrested three young men on the charges of demanding ransom from a Sector 6 builder and threatening to kill him and his family on refusal to pay up. The accused — Vipin (28), Jatinder (30) and Jaipal (29) — all residents of Unnao district in Madhya Pradesh allegedly demanded Rs 20 lakh from a city-based builder Satyapal Singla on August 24. The call was made on the landline number at Singla’s house from mobile number 89604-31820 by Vipin, who is a taxi driver.

Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Anil Kumar Dhawan said Singla approached the police, but did not register a first-information report (FIR).

“We registered the case on our own after taking suo motu notice of the incident. The cyber cell was approached to track the accused and we nabbed them from Rally village in Sector 12 Panchkula. Jatinder works at a sweet shop in Sector 16, Panchkula and Jaipal repairs stoves in Sector 9. Jaipal has been visiting the Singlas’ residence frequently in connection with repairing stoves. The ransom plan was just to make quick money,” said the DCP.

Jaipal bought the SIM from which the call was made from his native place by giving `100 on a fake identity, the DCP added. The accused, remanded to police custody, have been booked under Sections 384 (extortion) and 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion) of the Indian Penal Code.

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