Noida, Oct. 13 -- The chief medical officer (CMO) of Gautam Budh Nagar has received an extortion call demanding Rs. 10 lakh. Dr RK Garg claimed that he received nine calls over the past three days asking for the sum as protection money.
The CMO wrote to the district magistrate and the senior superintendent of police over the matter. The district police are yet to lodge an FIR in the case.
"I have received at least nine extortion calls between October 11 and October 13. I have informed the district administration about the incident, but no action has been taken yet. I have also written a letter to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister and other senior officials in the government in this regard," said Garg.
The CMO claimed that Rakesh Bhati, who has a long series of serious crimes, had called on Thursday night and demanded R10 lakh. He also threatened Garg with dire consequences if the matter was reported to the police. Garg said Bhati called again on Saturday for the money.
"My family has been gripped by tension since October 11. I am unable to understand why the police could not arrest Bhati," Garg added.
According to police sources, Bhati, a resident of Dujana village, is a member of Amit Kasana gang. The gang is involved in several incidents of land grabbing and extortion.
The district police have said they are investigating the matter. "We have received a complaint. We are trying to trace the mobile number of the extortionist. He will be arrested soon," said Praveen Kumar, senior superintendent of police.
On Saturday, a similar call was made to an official in Dankaur from the same number, demanding the same amount. Besides, Sonu Rastogi, a sub-divisional officer in the electricity department, has also received an extortion call.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.