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Noida: Men posing as STF personnel extort Rs 1.5 lakh, arrested

The three accused were booked under the IPC sections for impersonation, forgery, robbery and extortion. The police have recovered two laptops and a iPad, which the accused had ‘seized’ from the company .

noida Updated: Jun 02, 2017 23:43 IST
Vaibhav Jha
The three men in police custody on Friday.
The three men in police custody on Friday.(HT Photo)

Police arrested three persons on Thursday night for impersonating Special Task Force (STF) personnel and extorting Rs 1.5 lakh from the owner of a Noida-based IT Services Company.

The three accused were booked under the IPC sections for impersonation, forgery, robbery and extortion. The police have recovered two laptops and a iPad, which the accused had ‘seized’ from the company .

The incident occurred on the intervening night of April 26 and 27, when a group of four men entered the premises of ‘Virtual Touch’, posing as STF officials and started threatening employees.

The owner of the company, Rahul Tiwary (30), claimed that the four men convinced him that they have found irregularities in the workings of his company.

“We were working late night when suddenly the lights and computer systems went off due to a power failure. When we went to check what was wrong, four men broke into the room. One of them, who was wearing glasses, asked the remaining three to arrest the employees and seize the laptops,” Tiwary said.

The owner claimed that when he suspected the accused to be staging the act and he was slapped by one of them.

“When I asked one of them to sit with me so that I can show them the documents, he started slapping me. He told me that my company has been involved in numerous scams. He then seized two laptops, an iPad and one server,” Tiwary said.

According to the Police, the accused took him to Noida Sector 18 market where he was asked to withdraw large sums of money from the ATM.

“They demanded a bribe from him saying they will quash the cases against him. A terrified Tiwary did what he was asked and gave them Rs 1.5 lakh,” said AK Singh, superintendent of Police (city).

Tiwary then went to the nearest police station and filed a case against unknown persons for extorting money from him.

However, the episode of extortion did not stop as Tiwary continued receiving calls from the accused.

“They kept on calling me asking for Rs 8 lakh. When I asked them the reason, they said their seniors are not willing to quash the case for the amount I had given them. They threatened me saying that my case has now been registered in Lucknow but it can also go to the Muradabad division if I don’t comply with their demands,” Tiwary said.

Finally, on Thursday night, Police set a trap to nab the accused and they were called to Sector 8 by Tiwary. The accused Shubham (25), of Baghpat, Ankit (27) of Saharanpur, and Abhiraj (19) of Ghaziabad, were arrested.

“Ankit is the kingpin of the gang and he is a commerce graduate. Another accused Ravi is on the run,” Singh said.