Man’s wish to become rich overnight lands him in jail

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Patna: A man’s get-rich-quick scheme has landed him in a jail in Bihar.

Police said Jitendra Kumar, a resident of Bettiah in West Champaran district, called top professionals from various fields at quick intervals, seeking to indulge in extortion.

First, he called up a police inspector, then a doctor, lawyer and finally a pharmacist from his phone at the weekend and threatened all of them with dire consequences if they failed to oblige him. The victims were told to pay him money ranging from Rs500,000 to Rs800,000 (Dh28,758 to Dh46,012).

Police said all the calls were made at quick intervals and from the same SIM, which alerted the authorities. Soon, authorities formed a police team to investigate the case and nab the criminal. They caught Kumar over the weekend.

“The man who wanted to become rich overnight only recently had joined the crime world and made frantic extortion calls to various persons from his cell phone. We nabbed him on the basis of mobile-tracking software,” the local sub-divisional police officer Sanjay Jha told media on Monday.

According to the police officer, the man made all the calls from his sister’s house.

In a similar incident, a man called up the minority affairs minister in Bihar, Khurshid Alam, and sought Rs1 million. The caller also gave him a bank account number to deposit the money and threatened to kill him if he failed to pay.

This was third time in quick succession that the minister had received the extortion calls; he got similar calls in June and December last year.