A Self-styled tantrik from Dongri was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly demanding Rs 2 lakh from a dealer in gold scrap and threatening him with “black magic”.
The accused, identified as Gulzaar baba (45), had been practising “black magic” at a room in Supariwala Building in Dongri since 10 years, said Senior Police Inspector Shamsherkhan Pathan of the Pydhonie police.
A week ago, Maqsood Khan, a businessman who extracts gold from the scrap left behind units manufacturing gold ornaments, approached Gulzaar and asked him to perform “black magic” on Ashwak Qureshi (30) because Khan allegedly wanted to get Qureshi’s contract for a scrap deal, the police said.
“Gulzaar approached Qureshi and warned him to give the contract to Khan or else he would kill him by black magic,” said Pathan.
Qureshi refused. Gulzaar then told Qureshi that if he wanted to keep the contract he would have to pay him Rs 2 lakh. “Qureshi cleverly recorded the entire conversation on a video camera.
He then approached the police and registered a complaint against Khan and Gulzaar for plotting against him and threatening him,” said Pathan.
“He submitted the CD in which he had recorded Gulzaar’s threat.
After verifying the CD, the Pydhonie police asked Qureshi to call Gulzaar at Shalimar hotel in Pydhonie and tell him he had arranged for Rs 25,000.
The police arrested Gulzaar at the hotel. Khan has also been arrested. A native of Agra, Gulzaar had come to the city 10 years ago. The police recovered three mobile phones and SIM cards and Rs 55,000 from his flat.
“We have information that there is a complaint registered against Gulzaar at the Dongri police station,” Pathan said. “We have sent his mobile phones for checking to find out about his client list and how many people he has duped in the past.”