Gang extorting money from prominent persons
A gang of three pseudo-naxals from Karimnagar district were caught by the police with in a week of the offences that they had committed in East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts.
Addressing a media conference here on Sunday, the Rajahmundry Urban police district SP T. Ravikumar Murthy along with DSPs R. Satyanandam, Anil Kumar and K. Srinivas said that Rs.2.70 lakh was recovered from the accused Md. Rafiuddin of Jagityal, Karimnagar district, his second wife Jami Unnisa Begum alias Shakeela, Tolichowk, Hyderabad, and their would-be son-in-law Md. Anwar Sharief of Musheerabad, Hyderabad.
The SP said that the main accused Md Rafiuddin was having criminal record from 2008 and was involved in 31 major crimes including housebreakings, theft, dacoities and extortions.
A history sheet was also opened against him in the Golconda Police Station. Shakeela also had criminal record.
On December 15, the three-member gang entered Rajahmundry city in a Honda City car and selected a list of prominent people from Internet and started calling them over phone.
The main accused called local builder Phani and told him in Telangana dialect that he was Sudarshan, Commander of CPI (ML) Maoist group and demanded gelatin sticks and wire.
When Mr. Phani expressed his inability to do so, Rafiuddin demanded Rs.2 lakhs from him and he was asked the give the amount on National Highway near Bommuru. As per their instructions, Mr. Phani kept Rs.60,000 cash in their car when the three-member gang was watching from nearby bushes.
The accused also called some doctors in the city. The gang left for Visakhapatnam on December 18 and called a few doctors and finally Dr. Kameswara Rao handed over Rs.70,000.
They again stopped on the outskirts of Rajahmundry and extorted Rs.1.40 lakh from two more people. Finally, they landed in trouble when Rafiuddin threatened Mr. Phani again on December 19 to hand over the remaining amount. He immediately approached Three-Town Inspector B.V. Subbarao and Crime DSP Umapati Varma, who reported the matter to the SP.