Man arrested for extorting money after impersonating as don
A 27-year-old man has been arrested by the Delhi Police Crime Branch for impersonating as an underworld don and extorting money from businessmen across the national Capital. Calling himself Rizwan Khan, the accused, Pranay Tiwari confessed that he gathered the information of the rich businessmen through forms left behind at shops in Ambience Mall.
Rajesh Deo, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) said that accused Pranay Tiwari has been arrested. We have recovered one Mobile phone and SIM Card used for making extortion calls from his possession.”
Coming from a poor family in Madhya Pradesh, Tiwari came to Delhi in 2010. Working in small shops across malls like Subhash Nagar and Saket, Tiwari came across a unique idea to earn quick money.
Senior officers of the Inter State Cell, Crime Branch said that while working in a chocolate shop at Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj some time back, he took the feedback and registration form by the customer. Thinking that they will get discounts on birthdays and anniversaries, the customers filled out information.
In a bid to garner trust of these people, the accused flaunted that he knows their personal details in extortion messages. The main idea was to instill fear in the victims,” said a senior investigator.
It was only last month, on August 28 that the Crime Branch received a complaint from a West Delhi based businessman who stated that one person who claimed to be Rizwan Khan, an underworld don, was demanding Rs 1 crore. Threatening to harm the complainant and his family, the complainant approached police.
Investigation into the complaint, cops found that several businessmen across Delhi and other States of the country have been receiving extortion calls from the same number used by the don Khan.
“Several teams of Delhi Police as well as Mumbai, Haryana and Chattisgarh were trailing this extortionist. Sensing the gravity of the case and its wide effect, a dedicated team of Inter State Cell, Crime Branch was also roped in to arrest the criminals involved in crime,” said the DCP.
Technical surveillance was mounted. A team led by ACP Sanjay Sehrawat traced that the extortion calls were coming from Rewa in Madhya Pradesh.
“Local intelligence was developed. Police laid a trap and came in touch with the extortionist, asking him to receive money on behalf of the complainant. On the intervening night of September 10 and 11, police team laid a trap. However, the accused tried to hoodwink the team and made them wait. It was only in the wee hours at around 3:45am that he came. When he grabbed the bait in the form of the parcel and started to move away, he was apprehended red-handed,” said the DCP.
Delhi Police have taken the accused on transit remand.
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