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Panch among three arrested for extortion in Sopore

Panch among three arrested for extortion in Sopore
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Bilal Ahmad

Sopore, Apr 16: Police on Friday claimed to have arrested three including a Panchayat member who were involved in an extortion case at Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

A police spokesman in a statement said that a complaint was filed by Mudasir Ahmad Shiekh S/o Ghulam Mohammad Shiekh of Panzipora Sopore who is son in law of Ghulam Nabi Lone of Hamdani Colony Nadihal Rafiabad that during the intervening night of 3/4 April 2021, some unidentified persons barged into his in-laws’ house at Nadihal along with weapons and asked them to drop them at a place in south Kashmir.

The men also took away two mobile phones and also threatened them not to disclose this to anyone.

In this regard FIR no 20 u/s 450, 506 IPC and 7/25 arms act was lodged at Police Station Panzalla Rafiabad, and investigation was taken up, the spokesman added.

He said that during investigation and on technical evidences one Panch identified as Mehraj u din Rather s/o Haji Mohammad Akbar Rather of Minipora Krankshoon Sopore  (BJP) was called up for questioning and he confessed the commission of crime with three more persons.

The trio were identified as Mohammad Saleem Wani s/o Ghulam Rasool Wani of Hardpora Achabal Anantnag (Sarpanch), Bashir Ahmad Lone s/o Mohammad Shahbhan lone of Nadihal Rafiabad and Mohammad Dilawar Khwaja s/o Sonnaulla Khwaja of Dachinpora Rohama Rafiabad.  

During the course of investigation three persons were called for questioning however, one person identified as Mohammad Saleem from Anantnag who is also a Sarpanch representing BJP is still at large.

It transpired that Mehraj and Salim had planned to extort money from Lone Traders illegally, the spokesman said.

He said that Mehraj had contacted Bashir, who further contacted Dilawar for obtaining some ‘imitation’ weapons for committing the crime. These have also been recovered during investigation, and further efforts are underway to unearth more linkages, the police spokesman said.


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