Bargarh: Police today arrested four persons claiming to be journalists for allegedly extorting money from the manager of District Industries Centre, Bargarh. Police said that the group of accused has demanded Rs 5 lakh from the complainant identified as Manoj Kumar Satpathy.
The accused have been identified as Anuj Agrawal (35), Biswal Gambhir (43), Imran Khan (44) all residents of Uttar Pradesh and Tapan Kumar Sahu (57) of Khordha. Police said that all the four accused claimed to be working with a Noida based news agency.
Police have seized four identity cards, eight mobile phones, a laptop and cash of Rs 19680 from the accused.
Police said that the accused on June 11 have met Satpathy for setting up a fly ash brick manufacturing unit. “Later the accused blackmailed him saying that the meeting was a sting operation and it will be telecasted. They also demanded Rs 5 lakh from him,” said a police official.
The accused visited the office the next day and forcibly took Satpathy to an ATM on gunpoint and asked him to withdraw Rs 20000. “The victim lodged a police complaint on Tuesday and we nabbed them when they visited the office to receive the extortion money,” added the police official.