Absconding BJP leader held for extortion bid

  • | Monday | 25th September, 2023

Varanasi: The Chandauli police arrested former regional co-convenor of BJP Shailendra Pandey alias Kavi on Saturday night on charges of attempt to extort Rs 10 lakh from a doctor employed in a private hospital.According to reports, in a complaint lodged at Dhanapur police station, the doctor alleged he was getting calls from different mobile numbers demanding Rs 10 lakh. The caller had threatened to implicate him in criminal cases if he failed to pay up.Police said that on the basis of the complaint, a case was registered on March 16 under section 388 (extortion by threat of accusation of an offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life, etc) against Shailendra Pandey and Pawan Dubey. On March 16, Dubey was arrested and sent to jail, while Pandey remained absconding. An NBW was issued against him on May 31. Acting on a tip-off, a police team led by SHO Prashant Kumar Singh arrested Pandey on Saturday night.We also published the following articles recentlyBodiyo arrested in extortion offenceNotorious criminal Aslam alias Bodiyo Sheikh and his wife Rubina have been arrested in Vadodara for extortion. Sheikh, who already has multiple cases against him, threatened an auto-rickshaw driver from jail and demanded money. The driver sold his vehicle and paid Rs 20,000 to Sheikhs son. Sheikh has been remanded to police custody while Rubina has been sent to judicial custody.Three arrested for extortion demandsThree individuals have been arrested in Dhanbad for demanding extortion money from a railway contract firm. The police seized weapons and ammunition from them. The arrested individuals were identified as Akil Hashmi, Amad Imran Khan, and Mitthu alias Amrendra. The Dhanbad SSP stated that other members of the gang have also been identified but did not provide further information.Witness of extortion case alleges threat by Youth Cong leaderA Youth Congress leader in Ludhiana, Sarvotam Singh alias Lucky Sandhu, who is out on bail, has been accused of kidnapping a man, snatching his mobile phone, and threatening him at gunpoint. The victim had planned to issue a statement against Sandhu in a honeytrap and extortion case. Sandhu has been arrested, but his accomplices are still at large. Sandhu was previously arrested for attempting to extort money from a city resident.

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