Noida, May 27: BJP MLA Pankaj Singh, the son of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, has received extortion messages on WhatsApp, following which police registered a case on Sunday. Pankaj Singh, who represents Noida in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, has received extortion messages from unknown phone number since May 25.
Station House Officer (SHO) of Noida Sector 20 police station Manish Saxena registered an FIR against unknown persons under sections 384 (punishment for extortion) and 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Information Technology Act.
The case has been transferred to the cyber cell for probe. Several Uttar Pradesh BJP MLAs and politicians have received similar extortion messages and threats from unknown phone numbers in the past few days.
Last week, the Uttar Pradesh police set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe extortion threats to at least 12 MLAs from a person who seems to be claiming a past link with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. The MLAs, most of them from the ruling BJP, got text and WhatsApp messages asking them to pay Rs 10 lakh or their families will be eliminated within three days.
The SIT was set up after directions from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who took strong note of the threats.