5 held for demanding levy by impersonating as Maoists

KalingaTV News Network

Rourkela: In a crackdown on extortionists involved in collecting large sum of levy from locals in the name of red rebels, Bisra Police today arrested at least five persons here on Monday.

All the arrested persons have been identified as residents of the neighbouring Jharkhand State.

The raid was conducted this morning in the Steel City after police got a tip-off on the gang preparing to commit another crime. A team of Bisra Police arrested the accused by raiding their hideout. The cops also seized a pistol and a number of live cartridges from their possession.

Police said the arrested gang includes two former Maoists who were involved in the attack on a construction camp at Kaliaposh village in Bisra Tehsil on January 23 this year after the owner declined to pay extortion money.

Police succeeded in reaching the accused after two security guards of the construction camp who had been detained by them, divulged details on the gang members. Earlier the guards had given misinformation to police by dubbing the attack to be a Maoist raid.

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