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“The police have arrested three members of a gang, who were trying to extort money to settle a rape case registered by one of them against the brother of the complainant and others in Rajasthan,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (North West) Aslam Khan said.
She added that the names of the other arrested persons, apart from Goel, would be revealed after the role of each one of them was ascertained.
A complaint was received at the Netaji Subhash Place police station against a gang for allegedly extorting money. The gang had allegedly demanded Rs 5 crore from the businessman for settling the case.
On Sunday, the “rape victim”, along with others, arrived at the businessman’s office to take the money. They were nabbed from the spot.