Protection money racket: Lavish lifestyle led youths to world of crime

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 10, 2015 10:39 IST

It was the desire for a lavish lifestyle that led the two youths, arrested on Wednesday for extorting money and jewellery from school students, in the world of crime.

The police said during interrogation, the accused, Sumit Kalyan, 24, and Loven Sabharwal, 28, both residents of Sector 24, revealed that they had gifted gold rings to their girlfriends after extorting gold from the students of St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44.

The police are now scanning the role of two jewellers from Sectors 15 and 23 who bought the extorted ornaments from the accused. They will be summoned for questioning.

Gurmukh Singh, inspector, crime branch, UT Police, said they were also investigating to identify the middlemen who helped the accused make deals with the jewellers. Besides, involvement of other accused was also being probed.

The crime branch had the youths on Wednesday after a complaint by Punjab counter intelligence wing inspector Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Sector 23.

However, their accomplice Sam, a resident of Sector 45, is at large.

Meanwhile, Bhupinder, who is the father of one of the students who the youths targeted for extortion, said he had given names of several people who were involved in the racket, and one of them was the son of a shop owner in Sector 23. But the FIR had no mention of these names.

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