Delhi Police busts extortion racket, arrests 5 for posing at electricity board officials

The complainant convinced the accused to come to a location for the bribe money, where the police lay waiting.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 22, 2023 16:21 IST

The Delhi Police recovered the bribe money from the accused (Representational)

By Tanseem Haider: The Delhi Police busted a fake extortion racket whose members introduced themselves as BSES employees. Five people, identified as Sahil Goel Bansal, Ajay Kumar Langda, Amardeep Sharma, Naresh Antil and Amit Kumar Tomar, have been arrested and Rs 32,000 in cash and a mobile phone used to make the extortion calls have been recovered.

On January 18, a man approached the police in Delhi’s CR Park area, claiming that five people from the BSES department came to his home and said his electric meter was being tampered with and that he had to pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh to BSES. He was given an option to settle the matter for Rs 50,000 as bribe, the complainant claimed. After negotiation, they agreed on Rs 32,000 to delete the evidence of tampering.

The complainant convinced the accused to come to the Savitri flyover in the area to collect the bribe money. The police caught the accused taking the money and recovered the amount.

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The accused, during interrogation, confessed to having formed a gang under Sahil Goel. After several raids, the police arrested Amardeep Sharma from Kandera in UP’s Baghpat, Ajay Langda from East Delhi, and the kingpin – Sahil Goel Bansal – from his residence. The police found a mobile phone and SIM card bought with a fake ID from Sahil Goel Bansal.

According to the police, Bansal, the kingpin of the gang, used to work with BSES on contract. Later, he formed a gang with Ajay Langda, Ravinder, Amardeep Sharma, Shehjad, Naresh Antil, Amit Tomar, Akram & Labban Ali Babban. He had been earlier involved in a similar type of case in Malviya Nagar. Ajay Kumar Langda used to tamper with the seals on the electric meters and created a fault in the meters of the victim to extort money.

Amardeep Sharma also used to work with BSES on contract as a field executive. He used to carry the ID card of BSES if victims got suspicious and asked for identification. The others also would show their ID cards to win the trust of the victims.

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