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Chandigarh: 4 held for abducting Burail hotel owner

The four were nabbed from a hotel in Kajheri; police sources say UK phone numbers were used to call the victim.

punjab Updated: Dec 14, 2017 11:55 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Police arrested all the four accused involved in making extortion calls to owner of a hotel in Burail, who was allegedly abducted at gunpoint in the SUV he was travelling in on December 8.

Police arrested Prince, Aman, Moni and Aslam from a hotel in Kajheri. The four made extortion calls to Mohammad Kalam of Burail, who owns Hotel Suncity Palace in Sector 45, and demanded ₹2 lakh on behalf of gangster Kali.

Kalam had complained that on December 8, he was abducted at gunpoint from the Sector-42 lake in the Scorpio car he was travelling in. He had said the accused drove him around the city before throwing him out of the moving vehicle near a jungle area of Mohali.

Before throwing him out, the accused had asked him to pay ₹2 lakh to have his vehicle back. Afterwards, Kalam said he received calls from an international number whereby he was again asked to come to the Sector-42 lake to pay money. Kalam on December 10 came to the lake and handed over ₹50,000 to Prince, who took the money away without giving back the vehicle. It was then that Kalam approached the police, saying that the accused had threatened to kill him despite taking money.

“We have arrested all the accused, but are yet to recover the vehicle,” said Sector-36 station house officer (SHO) Nasib Singh.

The Sector-36 police have booked all the four under Section 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 506 ( criminal intimidation ) of the Indian Penal Code and various sections of Arms Act.

Extortion calls made via WhatsApp

Sources in the police said the accused had used WhatsApp, a messaging app, to make extortion calls to Kalam. The sources claimed the accused had used numbers from UK for making the calls. The numbers are now switched off.

WhatsApp has end-to-end encryption, which means any calls made or messages sent through the app are encoded in a way that they can't be intercepted by a third party, even by WhatsApp itself.

Extortion calls made for Kali, a member of Lawrence Bishnoi gang

Complainant Mohammed Kalam, owner of Hotel Suncity Palace, Sector 45, on December 8 had received a call on his mobile, asking for money on behalf of Kali Rajput, who is a gangster from Punjab. The caller had asked Kalam to meet Kali at the Sector-42 lake.

As per sources in the police, Kali Rajput is a resident of Balongi in Mohali and is a member of the Lawrence Bishnoi group. Kali, who is wanted in cases of extortion, murder and attempt to murder, had come in contact with Bishnoi during his stay in jail. Sources added that Kali had helped Bishnoi escape the custody of Ropar police in January 2015 from a dhaba at Dehri village on the Landran-Banur road when the Ropar police was bringing him back from Abohar after a court hearing.

First Published: Dec 14, 2017 11:55 IST