The Delhi Police recently busted a gang posing as the members of the International Human Rights Commission. The gang would threaten and extort money from the liquor shops around Delhi.
Accused Threatened Liquor Shop Owners Of License Cancellations
The main accused in the case hired two armed Protective Service Officers (PSOs) to look as genuine members of the International Human Rights Commission. They would threaten the liquor shop owners that they would cancel their licences and charge them for selling liquor to minors, if they don’t pay them the asked money.
The matter came to be known to the police when Naresh Singh, a wine shop owner, informed that some ‘suspicious’ people came to a wine shop at the South Park Mall. The also informed them that those suspicious people introduced themselves as the members of the International Human Rights Commission and then demanded money from the managers.
Following the instructions, the Delhi Police located a car with the name plate that read National Secretary (Legal Cell). The name plate also had the International Human Rights Organization over the number plate.
During the investigations, the police said that the accused would threaten the manager of a shop. He said that they had just sold liquor to a person who was below 25 years old. The person’s adhaar card reportedly showed that he was 21 years old. The accused further told the manager that they have committed crime under the Excise Act and the JJ Act.
The accused then asked for Rs 2 lakh to them to protect themselves and save the shop’s license from being cancelled.
In the investigations, the Delhi Police also found out that a wine shop in Saidullajab, another area of South Delhi had to pay Rs 40,000 to save their shop and license.
Delhi Police Detains Accused For Questioning
Additional DCP, South, Parvinder Singh released a statement regarding the issue. He said that the accused, Shashank, is a lawyer by profession. At the time of the crime, he was working as a legal advisor with the International Human Rights Organization IHRO in their office at Pandav Nagar.
Singh further said that the Shashank hired a taxi with a driver for Rs 50,000 per month and two PSOs for Rs 32,000 per month for each. Along with a bouncer of Rs 25,000 per month to conduct the entire extortion. So far, the six accused in the case have been arrested.
The Delhi police further revealed that Kumar Shashank was a resident of Neb Sarai, Delhi. He formed a gang of two PSOs, Naresha and Pradeep along with a bouncer, Neeraj and driver Nitin and Shatrughan. Both Nitin and Shatrughan would pose as customers at the liquor shops. So far, the police have recovered the car, letterhead of the organization, Rs 20,000 and two rifles from the PSOs.