2 ‘militant extortionists’ arrested in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: The police on Thursday arrested two alleged extortionists who were receiving money from the traders in the provincial capital through calls and parchi system, sources said.
Superintendent of Police (SP) City, Ismail Kharak, told reporters that the police arrested two extortionists, including Ghulam Rasool and Abdur Rauf residents of Bajaur Agency, presently living in Charsadda district, in a raid on a house at the Kohati Chowk.
The official said the preliminary investigation revealed that both the extortionists belonged to a banned militant organisation and confessed to have received millions of rupees from the city traders through phone calls and parchi system.
He said the accused persons also confessed during the investigation that they were threatening the traders through phone calls to hand over the demanded money or face the consequences. They also planted bomb outside their residences after they refused to pay extortions.
The SP city said the accused also revealed that they were working for Abdul Qahar, Kamran and Ismail of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The police officer said the police would soon arrest the remaining people involved in the extortion.
He said the police took the action after receiving complaint from a trader, Jan Rehman, that he had received a threatening call from extortionists. He said they demanded Rs5 million as extortion money, otherwise his house would be bombed. The police officer said they traced the phone calls and arrested the accused during the raid.
A few weeks ago, the traders in Peshawar had informed the administration and provincial government that incidents of extortion through phone calls and parchi system were on the rise and warned that they would shut down businesses if the government failed to take effective steps for their protection.