Police nab three men for extorting money from G Noida businessman
‘chauth’ was a tax levied by Marathas in the 18th century. It was essentially an annual tax nominally levied at 25% on the total revenue or produce, which served as ‘protection money’ against invasion.noida Updated: Sep 10, 2017 22:25 IST
Dankaur police on Saturday arrested three persons accused of extorting ‘chauth’ (one-fourth of total earnings) from a businessman for the last 15 months.
According to the police, the three men extorted around Rs20,000 every month from the businessman by issuing death threats. Notably, ‘chauth’ was a tax levied by Marathas in the 18th century. It was essentially an annual tax nominally levied at 25% on the total revenue or produce, which served as ‘protection money’ against invasion.
The station house officer of Dankaur police station, Farmood Ali Pundir, said, “The trio extorted one-fourths of the total earnings of the businessman for the past 15 months by threatening to kill him.”
On Friday, the businessman, a resident of Bilaspur village, approached Gautam Budh Nagar’s senior superintendent of police Love Kumar and lodged a complaint.
The senior officer directed Dankaur police to immediately nab the trio.
“Based on a tip-off from our sources, we nabbed the accused from Salarpur camp on Saturday night. The accused were travelling in a Tata Sumo and were transporting liquor illegally into the district,” Pundir said.
The police confiscated 60 cartons of liquor, a countrymade weapon and some duplicate stickers to rebrand the liquor bottles.
The accused have been identified as Kapil, Chandra Prakash and Amit, of Bagpur in Dankaur.
The trio was booked under sections 386, 387 and 506 of the IPC for extorting the businessman and relevant sections of Arms Act and Excise Act for transporting liquor illegally. They were produced at the district court in Surajpur and sent to jail.
In another incident, Badalpur police on Saturday arrested two persons accused of trying to extort Rs50 lakh from a doctor in Chapraula village. The accused have been identified as Madanpal Singh and Ajeet Kumar.
Police said the accused had taken the doctor’s Swift Dzire car and demanded Rs50 lakh, failing which they allegedly threatened to kill him.
The station house officer of Badalpur police station, KK Rana, said, “The accused made extortion calls to Dr Anil Kumar. The criminals used to visit his clinic, threaten him and demand money.”
In February, the criminals visited his clinic and allegedly extorted Rs5 lakh.
Kumar was scared and did not report the matter to the police, which emboldened the duo to extort more money, Rana said. He finally lodged a complaint in June.
Following the complaint, technical surveillance was mounted on the phone numbers of the accused and they were nabbed from Mayur Vihar Phase-3 on Saturday.