Extortion call from jailed MLA’s number baffles cops | Varanasi News


Varanasi: Gyanpur Nagar Panchayat chairman Hiralal Maurya received an extortion call and was terrified since it had been made from the phone number of muscleman MLA Vijay Mishra. Maurya’s complaint left police surprised as Mishra is in jail, and his phone with the SIM card had been seized by Madhya Pradesh police at the time of his arrest on August 14 and handed over to Bhadohi cops.
Taking note of Maurya’s complaint, SP Bhadohi R B Singh asked officials to probe the matter and register FIR after finding out how the number was used to make the extortion call.
SP Bhadohi told TOI on Monday, “Maurya filed a complaint informing that he received an extortion call from the jailed MLA’s number on Saturday. The caller demanded Rs 50,000 from Maurya and told him to keep it at a betel shop in Gopiganj town.”
“MP police had seized Mishra’s pistol, mobile phone and Rs 3 lakh cash when he was arrested on August 14. At the time of handing over Mishra to Bhadohi police, MP cops had also given all the seized articles. It is being checked whether the seized phone had a SIM card and how it is being used now,” Singh added. The efforts to trace the caller have started, he said.
Mishra, currently lodged in Agra jail, had been booked under Goonda Act on July 18 for issuing threats to a contractor, who got the contract of realising toll at Lalanagar toll plaza on national highway-2 in Aurai.
On August 8, the MLA’s relative Krishna Kanth Tiwari had lodged an FIR against him, his wife MLC Ramlali Mishra and son Vishnu alleging they forcibly got his property registered in their name. Mishra was arrested in Madhya Pradesh on August 14 while Ramlali and Vishnu are absconding and order for attaching their property has been issued by court.
On September 19, Tiwari’s son Surya lodged an FIR against Mishra’s daughter Sima, grandson Vikas, Girdhari Pathak and four others for threatening him.
On September 26, one more FIR was lodged against Mishra for misusing the letter pad of Usha Mishra, gram pradhan of his village Kaulapur, for recommending CB-CID or other high level probe in his case.
Bhadohi administration and police also initiated the process for cancellation of seven arms licences of Mishra, his wife Ramlali and son Vishnu.

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