In the protection money racket that has rocked the city, it is becoming increasingly clear that the three accused had as their ‘victims’ (the FIR calls them so) --- sons of politicians, businessmen and police officers. The accused used the influence these families wielded to get personal favours.
This raises questions on whether the families knew of the racket as such, said sources, as it has also emerged that the ‘victims’ are being threatened, though no formal complaint has been lodged as yet.
In the transcript of a recording published in HT on January 24, it was heard that the accused Rajveer Singh, son of UT police constable, was saying “thanks” to a student belonging to well-connected Punjab politician family saying that the work was done only after when “...your grandfather called the police.”
Free snacks, cricket passes and a bailout when things reached the brawl stage, all were provided by the accused to the ‘victims’, who seemed to make up for this or even reciprocate this by using the influence of their families, as a brawl at PCA Stadium, SAS Nagar, could only sorted out after the son of a police officer helped them.
Victims being threatened?
One of the students, who statement was recorded by the police, said he was scared as rumours had been doing the rounds that the accused had come out of jail on bail and the students who complained would face dire consequences.
Schools’ role questionable
With the names of students of Delhi Public School, Sector 40, Strawberry Fields high school, Vivek High School, figuring in the racket, the schools have tended to be cagey and their role is under the scanner. DPS principal Reema Diwan said she had not received any written complaint, but asked students not to have a Facebook account. Vivek High School chairman HS Mamik said parents were already in touch with the police and they wanted to deal with the case quietly.
Strawberry Fields principal Atul Khanna said he had issued advisory to all students related to the case. Legal luminaries claimed that even though the principals might have been fed information in bits-and-pieces, it was their moral duty to become complainants to the case now.
‘Friendly loans’, claim parents
Investigations reveal that parents whom the police called after scanning the accused’s call details admitted that the accused had taken money from their sons. However, the parents claimed that these ‘friendly loans’, which the police interprets as reluctance to pursue the matter.
DIG monitors probe, rubbishes bail claim
DIG AS Cheema is monitoring the case. “The rumors of the accused having got bail are false and baseless. They have been booked under Section 392 (robbery, which carries a punishment of 10 years RI). We will also oppose their bail pleas in court.”