Man held for blackmailing directors of two fire engg colleges

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Apr 2018 10:36:00


Staff Reporter,

IN A joint operation, cops attached to Sakkardara Police and Cyber Cell of Crime Branch arrested a young man from Rajasthan for blackmailing directors of two fire engineering colleges to extort lakhs of rupees from them.

Identified as Hemant Kumar Saini (24), the accused is a native of Keshavrai Patan, Bundi, Rajasthan. Saini attempted to extort Rs 15 lakh from Suresh Meshram, Director of National Academy of Fire & Safety, Siraspeth Main Road, near Reshimbag Square and Rs five lakh from Dr Anand Bankar, Director of National Institute of Fire Safety Engineering, Kadbi Chowk.

Between March 21 and March 23 this year, Saini added Meshram and Dr Bankar on a WhatsApp group --India Fire Safety News -- created by him using a cellphone No 7618462638. A former student of one of the city-based fire engineering institutes, Saini then posted some forged documents on the WhatsApp group and started blackmailing Meshram to extort Rs 15 lakh from him. Similarly, Saini added Dr Bankar, a resident of Godhi, in the Whatsapp Group. He then posted his and his family members’ photographs on the group and threatened to defame them if he failed to give Rs five lakh to him.

Following complaints by Meshram and Dr Bankar, separate cases under Sections 384 (Punishment for extortion), 385 (Putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion), 500 (Defamation) and 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the Indian Penal Code and read with Sections 66 B, K of Information Technology Act, were registered at Sakkardara and Jaripatka Police Stations.

A joint team comprising API Sandipan Pawar, PI Sunil Chauhan (Crime), PSI Manish Hiwarkar and HC Arun Khergade, PC Roshan Chaudhary, PC Yogesh Daf, and PC Amit (Cyber cell) under the supervision of DCP (Zone IV) Nilesh Bharne traced the mobile phone location of the accused in Rajasthan. The team then visited Rajasthan and arrested Saini.

Cops seized a laptop, three cellphones, and two SIM cards from his possession.
Cops produced Saini before the court and obtained four-day remand for his custodial interrogation.