Aligarh police on Wednesday arrested three persons, including the nephew of a woman professor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), for allegedly sending her a ransom letter, along with empty gun cartridges, demanding Rs 10 lakh from her.

Police said five persons, including the prime accused, Danish Ali, who is a nephew of Dr Shagufta Moin, professor in department of biochemistry in AMU’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, had planned to extort money from her. While Danish and two of his friends — Anjeb Rehman and Deepak Tewari — have been arrested, their accomplices Mohd Naved and Mohd Adnan are absconding. Deepak had managed to procure a SIM card using a fake ID proof to call the professor’s family, said police.

During interrogation, Danish told police that he needed money to repay his debts. He claimed that he had earlier asked for Rs 1 lakh from Dr Moin for the treatment of his newborn child but she had refused and his baby had died. He said he wanted to take revenge on her, and thus planned to extort money by threatening her.

An FIR was registered under section 387 (putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC at Kawarsi police station on a basis of a complaint filed by Dr Moin’s husband, Naved Mukhtar, a businessman. Another FIR was lodged against the accused under section 3/25 of the Arms Act.

In the FIR, Mukhtar, stated that his wife had received a call from a person who identified himself as Raju from Noida on Monday evening, asking her to pick up an envelope lying outside their house. “When I opened the envelope, which was placed on the hood of my car, I found three empty cartridges that had our names written on them, and a letter demanding a ransom of Rs 10 lakh,” the FIR reads

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