CRIME WATCH: Pay-up calls land mall guards in jail

CRIME WATCH: Pay-up calls land mall guards in jail – abusing power without thought for consequences ?!!

Bulbul Ahmed being taken to court on Tuesday. (Kundan Yolmo) - a life destroyed by the lust for crime ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Siliguri, Dec. 7: Three security guards of a shopping mall here were arrested last night for allegedly making extortion calls to a hardware merchant for the past few days.

The trio — Bulbul Ahmed, Rezaul Islam and Mohesin Reza, all residents of Buniadpur in South Dinajpur — had hatched a plan to extort money from the businessman by making threat calls to him, police said.

“For the past three-four days, the three were making calls to the residential telephone of Mahadeblal Goyal, who stays in Khalpara and owns a hardware shop on Sevoke Road,” an officer of Siliguri police station said. “The callers demanded Rs 3 lakh and threatened to plant a bomb in his house to kill him and his family.”

The businessman informed the police and sought security for his family.

“We tapped the telephone for the past two days and waited for the calls. When the extortionists rang up, the calls were traced to a cellphone and a PCO booth in Haiderpara,” a police officer who was investigating the case said. “After verifying the facts, we came to the conclusion that Bulbul, who works as a security guard at a shopping mall on Sevoke Road, had made the calls. He had repeatedly asked Goyal to bring the money to Haiderpara.”

Investigations revealed that Bulbul stayed in a private boarding with Islam and Reza and the three were caught in a raid last night. “During interrogation Bulbul confessed to the crime. The other two, who are also security guards of the same shopping mall where Bulbul works, are suspected to have been involved in the plot to extort money from the businessman. The trio were arrested,” the officer said.

Bulbul, before being appointed the guard at the mall, used to work at a shop next to Goyal’s on Sevoke Road. “He had managed to get the businessman’s residential telephone number and the trio planned to make some fast bucks by extorting him,” he said.

Hardware merchants appeared relieved after the arrest. “It is good that the police acted promptly,” said Sandeep Sinhal, the secretary of the Hardware Merchants’ Association, Siliguri. “We have asked our members to be on alert.”

The trio, booked under Section 387 of the IPC (putting a person in fear of death or of grievous hurt to commit extortion), were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by additional chief judicial magistrate Bibhuti Khesang.

Trio with fake lakhs arrested – so much fake money coming in from Bangladesh to create chaos in India ?!! Siliguri Corridor at stake while Central Government sits idle ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Malda, Dec. 7: Three armed men carrying fake currency over Rs 2 lakh were arrested from a bus terminus located a stone’s throw from a police station last night, the crackdown the latest in Malda town where there have been 43 such arrests this year.

Acting on a tip-off, a force from the Englishbazar police station arrived at North Bengal State Transport Corporation depot, a few metres away, around 9.30pm. They surrounded a Calcutta-bound bus and arrested Asiul Sheikh, Rintu Sheikh and Matiur Rehman who were on it.

While Matiur is a resident of a village in Baishnabnagar, the other two are from Kaliachak, police said. Fake notes with a face value of Rs 2.5 lakh, two 9mm pistols and 10 rounds of live ammunition were found in a bag they were carrying.

Malda police chief Bhuban Mondal said till last night this year the Englishbazar force has seized counterfeit notes with a face value of Rs 37.14 lakh and arrested 46 persons. The total amount of fake notes seized in the district so far is over Rs 66 lakh (face value) and the number of arrests, 78.

The trio have confessed during interrogation that the notes and the firearms were to have been handed over to a person in Esplanade in Calcutta.

The inspector-in-charge of Englishbazar police station, Bipul Chakrabarty, said the accused had collected the notes from a man named Zulfikar Ali in a village near the Bangladesh border in Baishnabnagar, 35km from here.

The district police chief said the name and address of the receiver in Calcutta were now with the cops.

“The men ferrying fake notes stopped using the railways after a severe crackdown on trains passing through Malda. Instead they have turned to road links. These people have been finding the bus route safe,” police chief Mondal said.

He said the maximum number of arrests and seizures had taken place in Englishbazar this year with the police registering 25 cases followed by 22 in Kaliachak and 10 in Baishnabnagar.

“The police had filed 22 chargesheets but not a single conviction was made despite the chargesheets being filed in court within 60 days. We have also seen in many cases that those released have rejoined the racket,” Mondal said.

In another incident, Mondal said, an arms manufacturer was arrested with an improvised double barrelled gun from the Jadupur bus stand in Kaliachak, 20km from here, this afternoon.

“The arrested man has been identified as Munna Kumar Pandey, a resident of Bihar’s Bhagalpur. The police are investigating why he had come to Jadupur with the firearm,” Mondal said.

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