Soumya Viswanathan murder accused in Tihar extortion ring: Police
- Vote Supriya or lose water, âthreatensâ Ajit
- 5th phase of elections: Moderate to high turnout on biggest voting day
- Dhowan takes over as Navy Chief, superseded Sinha resigns
- Congress releases CD of Uma Bharti calling Narendra Modi 'Vinash Purush'
- India to pay Russia for arms, ammo it sells to Afghanistan
The police have uncovered an extortion racket being run from inside Tihar jail and a probe has been ordered after it emerged that extortion calls were being made on a mobile phone by one of the inmates.
Police identified the inmate as Amit Shukla. He is one of the accused in the murder of TV journalist Soumya Viswanathan.
The probe will establish how a mobile phone was smuggled inside Tihar Jail and handed to an inmate. It will also be checked how calls were made despite jammers in place at the jail.
Director General (Prisons) Vimla Mehra said: "We will definitely order an inquiry into it."
Police said Arun Kumar, a compounder who worked at the Tihar dispensary, had been arrested for allegedly collecting Rs 50,000 as the first instalment from a businessman who had been targeted by Shukla.
According to police, Kumar got to know Shukla during the four years he served as a compounder at the dispensary. The two struck a friendship and Shukla began to use him to collect the extortion money.
Police said they first received information that some gangsters lodged in Tihar Jail had been functioning from behind the bars.
It was discovered that Shukla had been calling one Rajender, a Vaishali resident, on his mobile phone to extort money.
On January 24, Rajender, who works as a manager at a businessman's office, lodged a formal complaint about the threatening calls he had been receiving, police said. The case was transferred to the special cell on January 26. But a day earlier, Rajender, fearing for his life, handed Rs 50,000 as the first instalment of an extortion sum.
On January 27, police tracked down Kumar, who had allegedly collected the money on behalf of Shukla. He was arrested from Mukund Vihar.
- As EC website crashes due to overload, party workers use apps to locate voters
- An entire society in Kothrud could not vote
- Chaos, anger across city over missing names
- Mulayam pushes third front, says will stake claim to PM post
- Don’t look at my candidates, votes for me: Maya to Dalits
- AAP biggies focus on Vishwas, Kejri seats, other units suffer