Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Two persons have been arrested by the Special Staff of the South Delhi police for allegedly trying to extort money by sending threatening letters to a businessman in South Delhi. The accused had also made several calls and even opened fire at the car of the victim.

Okhla-based garment exporter Sunil Gupta had lodged a complaint with the Okhla police on January 14 saying that he had been getting calls in which Rs. 20 lakhs was being demanded. He also told the police that he had been getting threatening letters.

Following investigations, the Special Staff, led by Inspector Rajender Singh, arrested Shamshad Ahmed and Mohammad Nissar, who were planning to attack Mr. Gupta's car near Batra Hospital once again a couple of days ago. The police have recovered firearms that the accused were planning to use against Mr. Gupta. However, the accused had crushed the mobile phone which they had used for making extortion calls, the police said.

During interrogation, the accused allegedly confessed to having sent the letters and made the extortion calls. The police said Shamshad had worked in Mr. Gupta's garment factory about 18 months ago and had left the job following some dispute with the management. He apparently wanted to take revenge and decided to extort money from Mr. Gupta.

Shamshad roped in his accomplices Nissar, Pappu and Manish and hatched the conspiracy.