Staff Reporter

Doctor's ex-assistant allegedly hatched the conspiracy

Dr. Tara Chand Sharma lodged complaint on Dec. 26 about extortion calls The caller threatened to kill his family if he did not pay Rs. 30 lakhs

NEW DELHI: A former assistant of a senior doctor has been arrested along with his four accomplices by the Crime Branch of the Delhi police for allegedly trying to extort money from him.

Tara Chand Sharma, a senior consultant urologist with Sant Parmanand Hospital, Max Hospital and Sunderlal Jain Hospital, had on December 26 last lodged a complaint with the Crime Branch about extortion calls he had been getting for the past couple of days. The caller threatened to kill his family members if he did not pay Rs. 30 lakhs. Dr. Sharma also told the police that the calls were being made from Dadri, Ghaziabad and Delhi.

On Sunday, Dr. Sharma was asked by the unidentified caller to pay Rs. 4 lakhs as the first instalment. He also gave the description of the man who would be coming to collect the money near Filmistan cinema in North Delhi at 3 p.m. Accompanied by a constable, who posed as his driver, Dr. Sharma reached the spot. A police team was also tailing his car.

The suspect Vinod, who was wearing a red cap marked No. 11 for identification, was arrested when he appeared on the scene and a country-made revolver recovered from his possession. At his instance, the police arrested his accomplices, Mohammad Riyaz, Chetan alias "Doctor", Ashok Gupta and Chander Prakash at Kashmere Gate.

According to the police, Chetan, who had worked as Dr. Sharma's assistant at Sanjida Hospital in Bara Hindu Rao two years ago, had hatched the conspiracy.