Amritsar: Duo opened 150 accounts to extort cash from bigwigs
Amritsar, August 5
Members of the interstate extortion gang had created round 150 financial institution accounts to extort cash from medical doctors, politicians and businessmen within the latest previous.
These accounts have been opened in numerous banks having branches everywhere in the nation, together with in metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata and many others.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations) Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar, who headed the investigating workforce, instructed The Tribune that half of those financial institution accounts have been frozen by the police with the assistance of their counterparts in Delhi. Investigations into the remaining financial institution accounts have been nonetheless underneath progress, he added.
The Amritsar police was flooded with complaints of extortion within the latest previous following the brutal daylight killing of famous Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala. Among the many victims included merchants, medical doctors and even politicians. Alarmed over this, town police constituted a particular investigating workforce that additionally includes Further Deputy Commissioner of Police Prabhjot Singh Virk and Assistant Commissioner of Police Varinder Singh Khosa.
Following a probe, the police nabbed two Bihar residents recognized as Prinsh Kumar (21) of Siswa Mauje village and Vikas Kumar (22) of Sewarahan village in Lukarian tehsil, East Champaran district (Bihar). The police recovered their laptops, cell phones and faux IDs on social media.
Investigations revealed that ransom calls have been being made by cyber criminals, who have been making an attempt to extort cash from medical doctors by posing as gangsters.
A workforce of 4 police personnel headed by ASI Malkiat Singh was despatched to Bihar to hint and arrest the accused. They’d be delivered to Amritsar on transit remand and could be produced within the court docket whereas in search of their police custody for additional interrogation.
Bhullar stated the accused additionally had their hyperlinks within the neighbouring nation of Pakistan, apart from different elements of the nation. About their modus operandi, he stated they used to create a WhatsApp ID after which used to name by way of web. They used to determine themselves as aides of infamous gangsters Lawrence Bishnoi, Goldy Brar and Jaggu Bhagwanpuria. Bishnoi and Bhagwanpuria have been arrested by the Punjab Police throughout investigating into the Moosewala homicide case.
The cyber fraudsters took the benefit of this and began making extortion calls after discovering contact numbers of the victims on web.
The town police was additionally in contact with their counterparts in Delhi and Haryana, who had arrested aides of infamous gangsters within the latest previous or these nabbed by them underneath comparable fees. “Extra arrests are prone to be made in future,” Bhullar stated.