SHILLONG, April 29: The East Khasi Hills police has arrested three youths for their involvement in a case of intimidation and extortion from students who were visiting a popular tourist spot in the state.
According to Superintendent of Police (SP-City), Vivek Syiem, on September 12 last year at about 3 pm some miscreants came in a black Maruti Car with a obscure number plate at Duwan Sing Syiem Bridge, Mawkdok, under Sohra police station and demanded Rs 10,OOO from three students-Denzil Lyngdoh, vjot Kaur Gill and Biryamjrit.
“The persons claimed to be members of NGO and threatened them that it was prohibited to take photographs of the surrounding hills and will have to pay the above amount,” Syiem said.
The SP (City) said that when the three did not pay the demanded amount they took away their phones and a camera.
Syiem said that the students who are residents of Shillong filed an FIR with the Sohra Police.
The SP (City) informed that the matter was taken up by the Special Cell, East Khasi Hills wherein - Jied Lang Sohtun (22) alias Raja of Riatsamthiah locality, Shillong, Vishal Sohtun (23) alias Hep and Javid Sohtun alias Babu (27) both residents of Lumparing, Lumdorbar were arrested.
The trio was forwarded to the Court of Judicial Magistrate First Class Magistrate, Sohra and was remanded to five days police custody.
On April 28, on leading by the arrested accused persons the I Phones, I Phone 6 and I Phone 5S was recovered from Mawkdok jungle which was wrapped in a plastic and kept inside a small hole of the jungle and a black Maruti Car bearing registration no. ML05-E-2642 was seized from Laban Last Stop, Shillong.
On Friday, the wife of the accused Javid Sohtun handed over the DSLR Nikon B5 Camera to the police.
Speaking to reporters, Syiem said that such acts by crimil elements would hamper tourism in the state.
“This will send a wrong sigl to the tourists visiting the state,” Syiem said.