Jalandhar traders get extortion letters from gang
Written in both Hindi and Punjabi, it goes on to threaten the traders to pay Rs 50,000 if they want to live in peace, or else their shop will be set ablaze.punjab Updated: Apr 30, 2017 09:55 IST
Three shopkeepers in the Janta Colony locality of Jalandhar received extortion letters on Saturday. The letter, sent by unknown Shera gang, states the gang has imposed “Shera tax” on big traders.
Written in both Hindi and Punjabi, it goes on to threaten the traders to pay Rs 50,000 if they want to live in peace, or else their shop will be set ablaze.
The traders found the letters on opening their shops in the morning. The gang has also mentioned a mobile number on which the recipient can call to hand over the extortion money.
Navdeep Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Division 1, under which the locality falls, said the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage revealed a youth with his face covered slipped the letter under the shutter at around 1am.
“The mobile numbers given in the letter were switched off. We are conducting investigations,” he said.
The sender also threatened the traders with dire consequences if they sought help from police. “We will spray petrol on your shop using a water gun and set it on fire... You must have heard of fire at some shops recently. These were not accidents,” the letter goes on to state, while adding, “You have to pay this amount for a single time in this life.”