The city police decided to move an application in court to fast-track the trial in the ‘protection money’ racket that had rocked the city in January.
More than 150 students of four elite schools had reportedly paid the accused - Rattan Lubana, 22, son of a BJP leader and chairman of ABVP at DAV College, Sector 10; Amitoz Singh, 26, whose late father was a sub-inspector in the Punjab police; and Rajveer Singh, 24, son of a UT police constable - for providing them protection and for acting against other ‘rich brats’.
Officials said the decision was taken after it was learnt that the victims feared that the gang members would threaten them, once they were out on bail. DSP (operations) Satbir Singh said the application seeking the fast-track trial would be moved in the court after getting permission from authorities. He added they had mobile company employee as witnesses.
Fourteen students out of the 150 have recorded their statements. Of the 14, only four had recorded their statements before the magistrate under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), where they said the gang had been exploiting them at gunpoint.
The probe has revealed that the gang was not only charging protection money from students of Strawberry Fields High School and St John’s High School in Sector 26, Vivek High School in Sector 38 and Delhi Public School, Sector 40, but also getting jackets, costly wine bottles, t-shirts and joyrides.
Officials said victims, whose mobile numbers were in the phones of the accused had been approached. Most were unwilling to come on record, but had admitted off record that they were threatened. firstname.lastname@example.org