In the protection money racket that has rocked the city, voice recordings and photographs have now emerged to show how deep the practice of extortion had spread, with some girl students also likely to have been the “victims”.
In one of the photographs, one of the three arrested accused, Rattan Lubana, a student of DAV College, Sector 10, is seen behind a “student couple”, ostensibly on an outing. This is supposed to have provided a sense of safety and security to the teenagers.
In another photograph, Lubana is seen sitting with a schoolboy and a girl; in yet another, posing with girl students at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, indicating that some of these students might have been exploited.
Parents of some of the students said on the condition of anonymity that the accused could have managed to lure girls, as they had been seen roaming around in luxury cars pinched from the children of well-to-do-families.
Advocate JS Toor, the complainant, said: “School authorities should come forward as the principal of St John’s High School, Sector 26, has done. I wonder why the schools whose names have figured in the probe have not firm action yet, as that wouldhave the young victims some confidence.”