3 schoolboys held for extortion SMS to Jharkhand minister, did it for ‘thrill’
The 14-year-olds had allegedly abused the minister in the message sent to his official number, and threatened to kill his family members if he did not pay Rs 1 crore.Updated: Aug 02, 2017, 20:24 IST
Police has nabbed three class 9 boys for sending an extortion text to Jharkhand labour minister Raj Paliwar demanding Rs 1 crore on Saturday.
“They did it for fun, and thrill,” said Deoghar superintendent of police A Vijaya Laxmi.
The trio was nabbed on Wednesday afternoon from Deoghar district’s Kadro locality under Margomunda police station limits, about 250 km from state capital Ranchi.
The 14-year-olds had allegedly abused the minister in the message sent to his official number, and threatened to kill his family members if he did not pay Rs 1 crore.
Paliwar had lodged a complaint with the Deoghar police on Monday and said that the SMS could be a prank, but added that he was not willing to take risks as the message threatened to kill his family.
The boys will be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board, which will decide the necessary punishments for them, she added.
The SIM card and the mobile phone used for sending the SMS was stolen last week from a Bihar-based man, police said.
Last December, a 16-year-old Madhya Pradesh boy, pretending to be an ISIS operative from Pakistan, had demanded Rs 2 crore from a teacher in Jabalpur through email.
Cyber experts and psychiatrists across the world have expressed concerns over the negative impact of easily accessible technology on children.
This, however, is not the first time a minister has received extortion calls or messages over phone.
Former chief minister Madhu Koda had received extortion calls allegedly from a Bhubaneshwar man last year demanding a sum of Rs 20 lakh.
A 40-year-old man Sanjay Tiwari and his accomplice Gaurav Sharma were arrested in January this year, days after they allegedly pretended to be senior BJP leaders over phone to state revenue minister Amar Kumar Bauri, and demanded Rs 5 lakh as fund for the Uttar Pradesh and Punjab elections.