The Gurugram Police held a man for allegedly claiming to be a member of a Neeraj Bawana gang and demanding Rs 1 crore ransom from his former employer.
The accused was identified as Sandeep Tyagi, alias Jitender, a native of Uttar Pradesh.
The police stated that the accused was working for a Gurugram based industrialist.
As per the case details, a letter was found by the industrialist's driver at his house’s gate. In the letter, the accused had allegedly demanded Rs 1 crore as ransom from the industrialist by January 11 or tomorrow or else he would kill his family.
As per the letter, the accused had claimed to be from the Neeraj Bawana gang. He threatened to kill the complainant and his family if the money was not paid. He had also told the complainant to plant a flag on his company’s terrace to signal that the ransom money had been arranged so it could be collected by the accused. The accused also instructed the complainant to keep the money at a certain location in Sukhrali and Leisure Valley in Gurgaon and threatened to demand Rs 10 crore later in case the money was not arranged sooner".
ACP Crime, Preet Pal Singh stated that the accused revealed that he had worked for over five years at the complainant’s company as a driver and was aware of his whereabouts and his assets. After quitting the job in May last year, the accused returned to his native place in Uttar Pradesh and accumulated some debt. To repay the debt, he hatched a plan to extort money from his former employer.
Last week, he arrived in Gurugram and took an autorickshaw to the complainant’s house and put the ransom letter in the newspaper at the house gate, officials added.
The police have booked the accused under IPC section 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) among others charges.