Malkangiri: Motu police last night arrested five persons on charges of demanding extortion of Rs 50 lakh from a mines owner by impersonating as Maoists.
Police said that all the accused had called the mines owner identifying themselves as Maoists and demanded Rs 50 lakh. “They also threatened to blast the office of the mines owner. The owner of the mines later lodged a formal complaint with Motu police station on Friday,” said a police official.
Subsequently police arrested three accused from Motu and two other accused from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. Police said that the antecedents of the accused are being further verified.