Protection money racket: Police start recording students’ statements

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 22, 2015 13:17 IST

In the ongoing case of bullying-turned-racketeering that morphed into exchange of “protection money” and favours from about 150 students of the four elite private schools in the city by three youths, the police have started recording statements of the students. The police have also accessed the phone details of the accused.

The students brought the matter to light after they were abused and threatened on Facebook and mobile phones by the accused.

More than 150 students, belonging to well-to-do families, of Classes 9 and 10 from Strawberry Fields High School; St John’s High School in Sector 26, Vivek High School in Sector 38 and Delhi Public School, Sector 40, were in touch with the accused, according to the police.

The debate

Experts are questioning whether the “rich brats” who were taking the “services” of these “macho-men” and taking them to birthday parties to flaunt and showing “dominance” in teenagers’ circles can be considered victims.

However, IGP RP Upadhyaya said the case needed to handled sensitively. “The students are victims as the accused were threatening them and asking for liquor, rides in swanky cars etc. The statements of students are being recorded,” he added.

Racket took root at Sector-8 market

The police said that the students were lured by the accused at the Sector-8 market, which the students frequented for gehri.

Blackmailing tried

The accused clicked photos of these students smoking in parties, drinking, or roaming in swanky cars, all without parents’ consent, and threatened to expose them by posting these on Facebook, the police have said.

Students are victims: FIR

St John’s High School, Sector-26, principal Kavita Das lodged a complaint, alleging that Rattan Lubana, 22, ABVP chairman at DAV College, Sector 10, and son of a BJP leader; Amitoz Singh, 26, whose late father was a SI in the Punjab Police; and Rajveer Singh, 24, son of a UT police constable were abusing and threatening school students outside the school and parents had approached her. The FIR states that the accused had also threatened the students on Facebook and mobile phones. The accused also threatened the students that their image would be tarnished as word would be spread that the accused had sexually exploited the students.

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