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Temple priest’s son held for extortion bid

New Delhi, Sep 8 (PTI) A 21-year-old son of a temple priest has been arrested for allegedly trying to extort Rs one crore from a Delhi-based businessman by threatening to kill his son, police said today.

The accused, identified as Vipin Kumar Shukla, is pursuing B.Com degree from the School of Open Learning in Delhi University. He is a resident of east Delhi’s Anand Vihar area, where his father works as a priest in a temple.

The police received the complaint against Shukla on September 4 and nabbed him from northeast Delhi’s Shahdara area yesterday, said DCP (Special Cell) P S Kushwah.

Shukla had allegedly procured a SIM card on a fictitious identity, which he used in the extortion bid.

On sustained interrogation, Shukla revealed that he had come to know that the victim was an affluent man who used to visit the temple where his father was a priest. Lured by the idea of extorting a hefty sum of money from the victim, Shukla began making threatening calls to him.

Shukla has been booked under relevant sections of the IPC, said Kushwah.

Shukla’s family shifted to Delhi in 2006 and he arrived here two years later, Kushwah added.

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