PAMPORE: Police arrested three extortionists from Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district and registered a case against them, police officials said on Friday.
SDPO Pampore, Mir Imtiyaz Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that a case under 105 /2021 has been registered in police Station Pampore against the gang of extortionists.
He said that the extortionists were extorting money from gullible people in the Pampore area.
“The gang used to offer free lift to people and after driving some distance ,the gang stop the vehicle at some abandoned place and extorted money and other valuable items from the victims. and abandoning them later,” he said.
He said that the gang also acted as mystics dervishes to enter homes of innocent people and later looted them taking advantage of trust of the people. “The gang was active in the area and had extorted money from a number of elderly people,” he said.
Police said that the vehicle bearing registration number JK04B-5996 used for the commission of offence has also been seized.
The accused have been identified as Akther Hussain Shah son of Abdul Rashid Shah, resident of Nadihal Rafiabad Baramulla, Firdous Ahmad Shah son of Abdul Rashid Shah, resident of Nadihal, Baramulla and Mohammad Rustum Shah son of Nazir Ahmad Shah, resident of Nadihal, Baramulla.
Police said that the extorted money worth Rs. 1,15,000 has also been recovered from the possession of the accused which shall be released in favour of the victims.
“The general public is advised not to fall into the prey of unknown persons posing themselves as Dervish/religious preachers. In case of help contact the nearest Police Station.”