2 held for demanding ₹35L ransom from Cong nominee Aujla

Thursday, 18/04/2019


AMRITSAR : Two persons were arrested for demanding ₹35 lakh ransom from Amritsar MP Gurjit Singh Aujla, police said. Aujla is contesting as Congress candidate from the seat.

The arrested men have been identified as Vijay Sharma aka Bokey and Deepak from Amritsar. With their arrest, the police have also seized a country-made pistol, a mobile phone and a Honda Activa scooter from their possession.

The police said the accused had been calling to threaten the MP by dropping the name of a gangster. The police laid a trap and nabbed the accused while they were accepting Rs 10 lakh from the MP’s personal assistant (PA) Manpreet Singh near Government Medical College (GMC) Amritsar.

Addressing a press conference, assistant commissioner of police (ACP investigation) Palwinder Singh said, “We had received a complaint that the accused had been threatening the MP by the name of Shubham – a famous gangster of Amritsar. The accused demanded Rs 35 lakh ransom. A team under the supervision of in-charge of crime investigation agency (CIA) wing of Amritsar, Sukhwinder Singh Randhawa, arrested the accused on Tuesday evening.”

Deputy commissioner of police (DCP-investigation), Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar, said, “During interrogation, the accused told the police that they had made a gang of extorting money from political leaders. They also told the police that Gaurav aka Gora of Amritsar is the kingpin of their gang. Six months ago, Gora was arrested by Rajasthan police for extorting Rs 1 crore from an MLA of Rajasthan. One gang member, from whom the accused procured the pistol, is still absconding.”

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