Drug addict falls prey to blackmailing; Accused detained

| Updated: July 9, 2021 2:16 pm

Like several drug addicts, Anand Mistry, 37, a resident of Arbudanagar area of Ramol had fallen prey to intoxication of several drugs. The man responsible to get Mistry addicted to drugs was one Jakirhussain Shaikh alias Jinga, resident of Rajpur Tolnaka in Gomtipur. As Mistry’s family did not know about his addiction, Shaikh took advantage of it and started extorting money, threatening Mistry that if he does not succumb to his demand he would spill the beans to his family about his addiction.

Mistry was scared that if his father, Kantilal Mistry comes to know about his addiction – he would be kicked out of the house, along with his wife and children. So, Mistry since a year-and- a-half gave in to Shaikh’s demand for money and has paid Shaikh a hefty amount of close Rs 5 lakh till now.

Police sources said that this was not enough for Shaikh. According to the FIR lodged by Mistry, Shaikh demanded more money. “As Mistry had no more money to satisfy Shaikh’s demand, he gave Shaikh two blank cheques to him and requested him not to deposit the cheques in the bank till he told him to do so”, added a police source.

Police officials said, despite this Shaikh continued to demand for money. When Mistry was unable to give him money, Shaikh snatched away his bike and later forcibly even took his van.

Police sources said Shaikh also abused Mistry and threatened him that if he stops paying him money, he will reveal the secret of Mistry being a drug addict to his family. Inspector KS Dave of Ramol police station said that as Mistry’s father Kantilal Mistry inquired about his bike and van, Mistry had no other option but to reveal the truth to him.

“Later Mistry lodged a complaint under section 384 for extorting money, 294 (b) for abusing him and 506 (2) of IPC for criminal intimidation, on Sunday. Based on this complaint we have detained Shaikh and sent him for pre- arrest Covid-19 test” added Inspector Dave.

Mistry met Shaikh through a common friend named Safi

According to an FIR lodged by Mistry, he met one Safibhai, a resident of Jantanagar in Ramol about a year-and-a-half back. “Safi introduced Mistry to Shaikh. A drug addict himself Shaikh soon befriended Mistry and started getting him drugs. As soon as Mistry became an addict, Shaikh started lending money to Mistry and then demanded his money back. When Mistry failed to return the money Shaikh would threaten Mistry”, said a senior police official.

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