Police have arrested two Panchkula residents for making an extortion call to the director, cardiology department, Fortis hospital, SAS Nagar. The suspects have been identified Rajesh Kumar (22) and Satish Kumar (30), residents of Sector 19 in Panchkula.
"The duo, who was working with an insurance company agent, used to pose as gangsters and would extort money," SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar told mediapersons on Friday.
Dr RK Jaiswal, director, cardiology department at Fortis, had on Wednesday night received a call with a demand of Rs 10 lakh. Police said Dr Jaiswal, a resident of Sector 18, received the call from a BSNL number and the caller identified himself as Manga. He allegedly demanded Rs 10 lakh as protection money and threatened to kill the cardiologist's family members in case he fails to pay up. The number from which the call was made belonged to the Ambala circle.
"The accused claimed to be part of underworld and demanded money in the name of gangster Manga," Bhullar said.
Manga, a gangster and shooter of the Nishant Singh gang, is lodged in an Ambala jail.
The accused were arrested from Harmilap Nagar, Baltana, in Zirakpur, where they were waiting to collect the money.
Police have seized the mobile phone from which they used to make threatening calls to people with a demand of money. They have also recovered different SIM cards, which were procured by producing fake documents.
"During the initial interrogation, the two revealed that they are employed with Abhijit Group of Insurance at Dera Bassi," Bhullar said.
About their modus operandi, the SSP said, they used to select their target after going though the data of the insurance company. "They would then make calls for extortion."
A case has been registered at Zirakpur under the Indian Penal Code's sections for extortion (384) and criminal intimidation (506).
It is not the first such case in the tricity. In September last, Manga had called up Anil Kumar Bhalla, a resident of Sector 4, Panchkula, with a demand of Rs 10 lakh from him. Bhalla, a builder by profession, had reported to police that he had received an extortion call from a person, who claimed that he was calling from the Ambala jail. The called identified himself as Manga, he had told police.
Later, one of Bhalla's four cars was fired at and a bullet pierced through the glass from the driver's side.
The Panchkula police had confirmed that the call was made from the Ambala jail.