Srinagar: Two persons have been arrested after they attempted to extort money from two families while posing as militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, police told Kashmir Reader here on Monday.
The accused, identified as Adil Mir of Lasjan area and Younis Dar of Gund Chakpora in the city outskirts, had printed letter heads of the militant outfit and demanded Rs 5 lakh from two families Chakpora.
“Posing as a self-styled Hizb module, both Adil and Younis had sent these fake letters on behalf of the militant outfit in an attempt to extort money from them,” said Station House Officer Nowgam police station Manzoor Ahmad whose team played a key role in apprehending the duo.
The families had informed the local police station about the letter. The accused had also threatened the families of dire consequences if they failed to pay the money.
The fake Hizb letters, printed by the accused, also carried a stamp and signature from the outfit’s Divisional Commander, police told Reader.
“The accused would have caused more trouble to families had they not been apprehended,” Manzoor said.
According to police, more printed letters, bearing name of several persons in the Kanipora locality, were recovered from the accused. “We have also recovered a laptop, on which these letters were printed, from them,” the SHO said.
One of the accused, the police said, had even made a phone call to one of the families in relation to the extortion.
“Based on that call we tracked one of the accused, Adil Mir, who led us to Younis,” Manzoor added.
Adil and Younis were arrested on January 27 and are currently under police remand. The police have lodged an FIR in this case and are carrying out further investigations to ascertain whether more people are involved in the gang.
Pertinently, militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen had earlier this month claimed that the outfit does not ‘seek money’ from people.
“We warn those elements of dire consequence who seek donations in our name,” Hizb spokesperson had said in the statement issued to a news agency.