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Another extortion ring smashed in Dimapur

(Top) Dipankar Gosh (L), ‘ss’ finance secretary, PULF, Islauddin, Losu Mao and Lohrü in police custody. (Bottom) The seized pistol, mobile phones and cash.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jan 21 (NPN):
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Published on 22 Jan. 2010 12:44 AM IST
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A call made to the wrong person and number not only landed an extortionist reportedly the self-styled finance secretary of the banned People United Liberation Front(PULF), in police dragnet but also resulted in arrest of the entire gang involved in the crime. The arrests took place at various locations within Dimapur within four hours after the call was made to the would-be victim of extortion. Among the arrested included a former assistant of a news agency(ANI),police said. The sequence of events unraveled on January 19 when a caller identifying himself as a self styled finance secretary of the PULF had dialed the mobile number of SDPO Dimapur Shouka Kakheto believing that the latter was a businessman.The SDPO played along saying he was indeed the businessman from Hongkong market. The caller demanded Rs.two lakh extortion money and without arousing suspicion and with presence of mind, Shouka told the caller to speak to his assistant and handed over the mobile to continue with the haggling. Finally, the negotiation of the extortion amount went down from Rs.two lakh to Rs.80,000 with the caller asking the ‘manager’ that he would pick up the amount the following day. On the appointed day, the self –styled PULF finance secretary again called up and hiked up the extortion amount which was finally settled at Rs. 1 lakh. On the appointed day on January 20, police in civvies were placed around the pick up location and at around 1 p.m. caught the person who had gone to fetch the money.Police identified the person as Losu Mao(28) a former assistant cameraman of the ANI. When told that a person in Medziphema was involved, police made Losu Mao call up the person to confirm he had collected the cash. Police then arrested Lohrü at 5th Mile while on his way to Dimapur. Acting on further information, police arrested another accomplice identified as Dipankar Ghosh(30) from Nagarjan and the fourth member of the gang identified as the self-styled finance secretary of the PULF,one Islauddin(24) from Dhobinala area. Based on the confessional statement of Islauddin, police raided a place where he used to stay at Ghorapatty and recovered 9mm country made pistol along with four live rounds, five mobile handsets and Rs 38, 500 in cash. Extortion has become the only industry in Dimapur with members of various outfits or criminals from outside the state, preying on the helpless traders and businessmen.

 
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