The city police arrested a swindler on Saturday morning for sending a threatening SMS to a local industrialist.
Balwinder Singh, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, was nabbed from the Sunet Bridge on the complaint of industrialist Tawinder Singh who also resides in the same area. The police have confiscated his car.
In his SMS sent on October 8, Balwinder had demanded Rs one crore as extortion money from Tawinder. He threatened to shoot the son of the industrialist if he failed to give the money. He had also warned Tawinder not to disclose the matter to police.
Tawinder filed a complaint at the Sarabha Nagar police station. The police traced the number of the sender of the SMS and nabbed the accused.
It is learnt that Balwinder, a native of village Waddi Miyani in Hoshiarpur, is a habitual offender. He works under several aliases, including Titu, Baljit Singh and Balli.
Married to three women, he told the police that his wives live in different locations in Ludhiana. He said he attempted to extort the businessman because he was finding it difficult to make both ends meet.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday, the station house officer (SHO), police station Sarabha Nagar, Alam Vijay Singh, said Balwinder had used a fake identity to procure the SIM from which the message was sent. He sent the SMS to Tawinder pretending to be a militant. "The mobile connection that he used to send the SMS was activated only ten days ago. He had sent only one SMS from it, which was to Tawinder Singh," said the SHO.
The accused told the police that his second wife Neetu runs a beauty parlour in the locality and Tawinder's wife was one of her clients. He collected information about the family through his wife.
"His first wife Manjit Kaur lives in village, while his second wife lives at ZI-block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar in a rented accommodation. She has three children. His third wife Gurpreet Kaur lives at Rajguru Nagar and she has two children," informed the SHO.
Fugitive in two cases
Going by his past record, Balwinder turns out to be a habitual offender. He and his second wife Neetu are 'declared fugitives' in a kidnapping case registered in Mohali in 2002. They had kidnapped the son of their relative to grab ransom money.
In 2003, Balwinder was booked by the Jalandhar police for duping several people by promising to send them abroad. He was also declared a proclaimed offender in the case. He claimed to be a journalist and used to tell people that he worked for a magazine called Crime Free India Bureau.