Unidentified contract killer out to bump off nephew of jewellers’ association treasurer

SHIVPURI:  Kolaras resident Rupesh Jain recently received an SMS on his mobile from an unidentified person who claimed he has been paid Rs 25 lakh to kill him.  The accused demanded an amount of Rs 1 crore and the money is not given to him, he said, he would kill Jain.

Jain showed the SMS, he received from mobile number 8109163428, to his uncle Paras Jain, the treasurer of Shivpuri Jewellers Association. When Paras tried to talk to the unidentified man over his phone he was furious. He sent another SMS that he would now kill both Rupesh and Paras. However, the ransom deal for not killing the Jains was settled for Rs 40 lakh after negotiations.

Jain took the cops in confidence and reached Jagatpur, near Sadar Bazaar under Purana Thana area with the money.
However, the extortionist was not found. In the meantime, cops arrested some suspects but failed to get any information about the accused. On being tracked the mobile was found to be owned by an Isagarh resident Pradeep Yadav. Police rounded him up and during interrogation Yadav denied his hand in the ransom demand.

According to sources, Kolaras police station TI also talked to the accused over the phone. He recognised the accused by his voice but police failed to make any headway in the case.The threatening SMS was sent to Rupesh on May 20 after which the horrified youth approached his uncle. When Paras talked to the accused on his mobile he was apparently displeased and threatened to kill him also with his nephew.

The Jains contacted TI Sunil Shrivastav about his talks with the extorter after which the TI also talked to him as a mediator.  A deal of Rs 40 lakh was struck after the cop’s mediation and the accused told the Jains to bring the money to Jagatpur. Later he changed the rendezvous to Sadar Bazaar. However, the carrier did not find anyone at any place.

There was also no fallout of the interrogation of the suspects who were rounded up shortly after the accused sent the SMSs. The accused had sent more than 15 SMSs on Rupesh’s mobile and 10 on the mobile of his uncle Paras. The cops tracked the mobile from which the SMSs were originating and took Pradeep Yadav in custody from Isagarh. However, Pradeep was found to be a student of a college at Neemuch.

He expressed his ignorance about the extortion SMS and the accused allegedly used his fake ID to obtain the SIM. Paras said there are several youths from Kolaras who study at Neemuch and they could be associated with the accused.

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