The Delhi Crime Branch arrested two who posed as notorious criminal of Tihar Jail and attempted to extort Rs. 50 lakhs from Delhi based businessman.
The accused were identified as Adil Sajid (25) of New Seelam Pur, Delhi, Age- 25 yrs and Mohd Moin Shakir (26) of Chauhan Banger.
Add CP (Crime Branch) Shibesh Singh stated that the duo posed as notorious gangsters, Neeraj Bawania and Hashim Baba from Tihar Jail.
The Shaheen Bagh police station had received a complaint on February 13 from. Delhi businessman that on February 6 he received a phone call stating that “Neeraj Bawania” is calling from Tihar Jail, Delhi. The caller threatened the complainant and demanded Rs.50,00,000/- from him and gave two days for arranging the same.
He again received a call for ransom on February 12 to pay the sun or face dire consequences. This was followed by another to complainant's brother on March 2 and this time the caller introduced himself as Hashim Baba from Tihar Jail and threatened him to deliver Rs. 50 Lakh as asked earlier.
The crime branch was roped in and after technical surveillance, the crime branch officials learnt that the duo Adil and Moin have been calling the businessman. The crime branch jumped to action and the investigation showed that the suspects were active in the area of North - East Delhi.
The team led by DCP Bhisham Singh was constituted to conduct a raid in the area of Yamuna Vihar to nab the culprits. After extensive search, Adil was apprehended from the area of Yamuna Vihar. During sustained interrogation, he confessed his involvement in the crime and was subsequently arrested. On his instance the mobile phone which was used in making ransom call was recovered. Thereafter, at his instance, his associate namely Mohd. Moin who had made extortion calls to the complainant was apprehended, the officials said.
The crime branch further stated that during the interrogation, it emerged that the accused Adil is known to the complainant and is engaged in washing of the jeans. He has some personal grudges with the complainant and he wanted to teach a lesson to the complainant and also wanted to earn some quick money. Adil along with his associate Moin hatched this conspiracy to extort the money from the complainant as they considered him to be an easy prey.
The officials added that as per plan, they arranged SIM card and mobile phone to demand huge amount of money from the complainant. While Adil arranged SIM cards and mobile phone from Delhi, Moin called the complainant, threatened him and demanded Rs.50,00,000/- as protection money. He called the complainant from the vicinity of Rohini Jail and identified himself as Neeraj Bawania and later as Hashim Baba, lodged in jail.
Speaking about the accused, the officials mentioned that Adil is from Bulandshahar in UP and came to Delhi in 2013. He started working in jeans factory as a tailor. He came in contact of the complainant, who is also in the trade of jeans manufacturing. The complainant was sending his jeans for washing to Adil, in the process of washing, some jeans pieces were damaged for which payment was not given by the complainant, which enraged accused Adil.
Moin works at the office of Irfan alis Chainu Pehalwan who is also a notorious criminal and is presently lodged in jail in a MCOCA case. He was reportedly persuaded by Adil to make extortion call to the complainant as Adil was sure that the complainant will pay the extortion money easily.
The crime branch recovered the phones and SIM cards used for the crime