NEW DELHI: He wanted to contest polls from his constituency in east Delhi’s Krishna Nagar, but funds crunch forced him to send an extortion letter of Rs 5 crore to a businessman, which landed him behind bars.

The businessman registered a police complaint on October 13, after being handed over a letter by a rickshaw-puller, who had been delivering goods to his shop in Janta Gali, Gandhi Nagar, for the past six months. The letter, written in red ink and a toddler’s handwriting, warned the businessman that both his sons will be killed if he did not send Rs 5 crore in a carton with the same rickshaw-puller.

A team under the supervision of Gandhi Nagar ACP Mahesh Tholia was formed and the rickshaw-puller, Yamin (27), was nabbed. During interrogation, Yamin revealed that one Niyazu had handed over the envelope to him to deliver it to the businessman, for which he was promised Rs 1 lakh.

“Later, Niyazu (58) was held and interrogated. He told that he was working in a garment factory owned by one Munna (45). The businessman used to send his garments to Munna’s factory to get them stitched and embroidered and Niyazu used to collect and deliver them,” said B S Gurjar, DCP (east).

Niyazu told that Munna inquired about the properties owned by the businessman and told him that he would get a good share if he assisted him in extorting money. Niyazu also told the cops that Munna got the extortion letter written by his minor daughter and then asked him to deliver it to the businessman. Munna was then arrested and he admitted to his crime.

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Source: TOI-Delhi