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Friday, 14 August 2020

3 students among 4 held for extortion bid

Tribune News Service

Jhajjar, August 13

The district police on Thursday arrested four youths for trying to extort money from a chemist.

Three of the accused are first and second-year D-Pharmacy students being at a private school here, while the fourth one works at a placement office in Delhi. They sought an extortion of Rs 20 lakh from chemist Mukesh Popli on August 4 to pay off their loans and have some fun.

Talking to the media here on Thursday, Ashok Kumar, Jhajjar SP said the accused had been identified as Vikram of Kheri Jatt, Neeraj of Khungai, Chirag of Sitaram Gate in Jhajjar and Sanjay of Pega village in Jind. Vikram, Neeraj and Chirag study in the same college. Chirag does part-time work at a medical store.

The accused were arrested from different places of the district, the SP added.

“The plot of seeking extortion was hatched by Vikram and Neeraj. Later, Chirag joined them and shared all information about the chemist. The trio then contacted Sanjay to get a SIM card on a fake ID. Vikram made a call to Popli over his landline phone on August 4 and sought extortion of Rs 20 lakh while telling his name as Akshay. He also threatened him of dire consequences,” he added.

The SP said a special investigation team led by DSP Rahul Dev was constituted. “Two other accused who got the SIM activated were also arrested earlier,” the SP added.

With the arrest of the accused, the chemists who were on strike announced to end their stir.

from The Tribune

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