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IAS aspirant turns extortionist, held

delhi Updated: Nov 24, 2010 23:20 IST
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A young IAS aspirant was arrested from northwest Delhi early on Wednesday for his alleged bid to extort R 52 lakh from a director of a civil services coaching institute.

Manoj Kumar from Bihar's Samstipur area was apprehended from the Kingsway Camp residence of Dharmender Kumar, director of Patanjali IAS Coaching Institute, while he was trying to post a threat letter inside the building.

"He was trying to extort R 52 lakh from Dharmender Kumar so that he can take admission in the institute and to meet the expenses of his sister's marriage," DCP (North-West) NS Bundela said.

The arrest came following investigations into a complaint by Dharmender Kumar that he had received four threat letters, a toy pistol and two bottles of poison demanding R 52 lakh, he said.

In the letters, the accused had told Dharmender Kumar to bury the money under an electric pole in front of Dheerpur Polytechnic.

A CCTV footage had captured a person putting letter in his house but the picture was not clear and the accused couldn't be identified, the police said.

"We deployed policemen in plain clothes and on Tuesday night around 12:10 am, we apprehended Manoj while trying to pass a letter from under the main gate of the complainant's house," Bundela said.

During interrogation, Manoj Kumar, who is in his mid-20s, told the police that on August 9 he threw acid on the washerman, whom he considered big hurdle in entering the house, and also to mount pressure on the complainant.

Manoj Kumar had completed his graduation from IGNOU and came to Delhi in 2006 to enrol for coaching classes for UPSC exams.

His father, a clerk in Pusa Institute in Samastipur, used to send Rs 2,500 per month for his monthly expenditure.