Two members of extortionist gang arrested

New Delhi: Delhi Police’s crime branch today arrested two members of a notorious murder-cum-extortion gang in Shaimar Bagh area here.

According to police, the duo — Basant Verma and Naveen — were recently inducted into the Harsimran alias Badal gang and were wanted in two different cases in Shalimar Bagh.

Their gang leader Harsimran alias Badal had been released on bail on August 30 in an extortion case. Bhawan Narang and Aman Batra had filed complaints that he had demanded extortion money of Rs 5 lakh each from them.

Police said while in jail, Harsimran tried to terrorise one of the complaints and fired at his car.

On September 16, he along with with his gang members visited Narang and Batra and terrorised their families and threatened to kill them for filing cases against him, police said.

He demanded Rs 10 lakh and Rs 7 lakh from Narang and Batra respectively and two separate cases of extortion were registered against him and the gang members at Shalimar Bagh police station.

To nab them, police conducted raids at various hideouts in UP West and Haryana. Acting on a tip-off, police arrested the duo — Basant Verma and Naveen — from near Nyay Chowk, Swaroop Nagar, Delhi.

Both of them confessed to their involvement in crimes with other gang members including Harsimran, police said.

Verma has been working as a newspaper advertisement commission agent and had been arrested earlier for attempt to murder and under the Arms Act while Naveen is son of a retired police Sub Inspector from Haryana and his brother is serving as a Constable.