Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Three young men allegedly trying to extort Rs. 20 lakh from a businessman have been arrested by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police.

Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal, who runs a unit for manufacturing corrugated boxes in Okhla Industrial Area, lodged a complaint with the police on April 25 alleging that he had been receiving extortion calls demanding Rs. 20 lakh. The caller identified himself as Abdul Ansari and threatened to harm his wife and children if he did not cough up the money.

Technical surveillance

The Crime Branch took up investigations and through technical surveillance zeroed in on Naresh and Kuldeep Singh Rawat. The accused were arrested from their houses on April 26. During interrogation, they purportedly disclosed that Umesh Rai, a former employee of Mr. Aggarwal, was also involved. Subsequently he was also arrested on Monday.

Naresh purportedly told the police that he along with Umesh conspired to extort money from Mr. Aggarwal. They roped in Kuldeep. The accused bought a mobile phone SIM card from Noida on forged identification documents to make the calls.

According to the police, Kuldeep worked as a housekeeping supervisor with a private firm and Umesh was an auto-rickshaw driver.