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Four booked for extorting ₹7 lakh from 13-year-old in Pune over a smoking video

The Bibvewadi police have registered a case against three friends and the jeweller who accepted the silver and gold jewellery from them. While two of the three friends of the teenager are minors, one is an 18-year-old identified as Aditya Wandre. The two are merely few months shy of turning 18 years of age, according to Bibvewadi police. The arrested jeweller was identified as Revansiddha Shilwant, 48, a resident of Hadapsar.  

pune Updated: Feb 01, 2018 17:26 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The accused had captured a video of the 13-year-old boy smoking a cigarette and threatened to reveal the video to his parents if he did not give them money.(File (AP))

A 13-year-old boy from Bibvewadi was threatened into giving away parents’ money and valuables, collectively worth ₹7,55,000 over a video of him smoking a cigarette. The incident came to light in the last week of January after the parents realised that all their jewellery was missing.

The Bibvewadi police have registered a case against three friends and the jeweller who accepted the silver and gold jewellery from them. While two of the three friends of the teenager are minors, one is an 18-year-old identified as Aditya Wandre. The two are merely few months shy of turning 18 years of age, according to Bibvewadi police. The arrested jeweller was identified as Revansiddha Shilwant, 48, a resident of Hadapsar.

The video was shot during the Diwali vacation, the police said. The boy’s father, who runs a private hostel near Bharati Vidyapeeth, his mother, a housewife and his elder brother were unaware of the series of events in the past three months.

Assistant police inspector (API) Jayvant Jadhav of Bibwewadi police is investigating the case. “Wandre’s police custody ended on Wednesday while the jeweller was sentenced to five days in police custody on Wednesday. The two juveniles cannot be apprehended without a charge sheet. But we have questioned them in the presence of their parents,” said API Jadhav.

While Wandre is pursuing Bachelor in Science from a local college, the two minors are students of Class 12. The idea to shoot a video of the 13-year-old was of one of the Class 12 students. "They started blackmailing him initially for ₹500 and ₹1,000. After crossing ₹5,000-6,000, they started asking him to get valuables from his house. Within three months, they had extracted 28.5 tola (285 gram) gold and 1 kg of silver from him," API Jadhav said.

The two Class 12 students sold the jewellery to the jeweller saying they had a medical family emergency, the police said. The jewellery was recovered from Shilwant's house.

A case under Sections 384 (extortion) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 77 (giving intoxicating liquor or narcotic drug or psychotropic substance to a child) of Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 was registered against the four people.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 17:24 IST