Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested two extortionists in a series of action in Kulgam and Bandipora districts, who are involved in extorting money from gullible people.
Extorted cash and a knife also recovered from their possession, a police spokesman said in a statement issued here.
“In Kulgam, Police received a written complaint from one Shabir Ahmad Bhat resident of Bachroo stating that a person namely Mohammad Iqbal Bhat resident of Bachroo extorted money from him in the name of Police department. The accused person threatened him that Police will arrest him as he was earlier involved in drug peddling and demanded Rs 50,000 from him to avoid arrest. The complainant paid him Rs 20,000 in advance as he was frightened that he may be arrested by Police for the unknown crime,” the statement said.
Accordingly, police said that a case vide FIR number 205/2021 under relevant sections of law was registered in Police Station Kulgam and started investigation into the matter.
“A special investigating team led by SHO PS Kulgam under the supervision of DySP Hqrs Kulgam Ghulam Muhamad Bhat swung into action and arrested the accused and also recovered the extorted money from his possession. During questioning, the accused confessed about his involvement into the pre-planned crime. Further investigation of the case is in progress,” police said.
In Bandipora, Police received information that some miscreants impersonating as militants were extorting money from people during evening hours in different areas of Bandipora town, police said. Accordingly, a case under relevant sections of law was registered at PS Bandipora and investigation was initiated.
“During the course of investigation, officers taking assistance of modern techniques and human leads were able to zero in one suspect namely Aejaz Ahmad Sheikh of Bandipora. Subsequently, he was arrested and during questioning he confessed his involvement in the commission of crime. On his disclosure, weapon of offence (knife) used in the commission of crime was also recovered. Further investigation into the matter is in progress,” police said.
Meanwhile, police urged people not to fall prey in the hands of such fraudulent people and share such information with Police. “Our consistent action against anti-social elements shall assure community members that Police has resolved to act tough against such inimical elements,” police said.