An attempt to threaten and extort money from a heart doctor in Bangalore by a 28-year-old who obtained the doctor’s contact details at a rural health camp was lured with the offer of money and arrested by the Bangalore police on Wednesday. A heart specialist at the prestigious Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital was the victim of frequent calls and emails over the past two months threatening the kidnapping and killing of his wife and child, police said.
The caller who made calls from pay phones initially demanded Rs 10 lakh and later raised his demand to Rs 20 lakh. The Bangalore city police were informed of the threat calls and emails by the doctor who filed a complaint with the Electronic City police station.
Police tracked the IP addresses from where the threat emails were originating and found that they were sent from cyber cafes located largely in the east and north east of the city at Shivajinagar, Nagawara, Ramamurthy Nagar, and outside the city at Bangarpet.
The threat phone calls were found to have originated in a similar general direction at Tannery Road, Chikkaballapur, Bangarpet and in Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh. Unable to locate the extortionist physically through CCTV cameras and call detail reports the police subsequently decided to rope in the doctor to trap the criminal.
The police got the doctor to convince the unidentified individual to come to the Bangalore-Pune Highway on the outskirts of the city to collect the money he was demanding.
The extortionist walked into the police trap on Wednesday morning. The accused has been identified as Mohammed Wasim alias Karan, 28 of Sharada Nagar in Yelahanka in North-East Bangalore. Police said that the unemployed Mohammed Wasim used to attend health camps and on one occassion collected a visiting card of the heart doctor and hit upon a plan to threaten and extort money from him.