Two held for trying to extort ` 2 lakh from hotelier
NAVI MUMBAI: Two people from Panvel who allegedly tried to extort Rs2 lakh from a hotelier, was arrested by the Panvel city police on Thursday.
According to the police, the accused Nilesh Sonawane, 37, Parag Ballar, 36, and one more person met hotelier Sachin Sachdev, 38, a few days ago and demanded Rs2 lakh from him.
While Ballar is a political activist, Sonawane and the other person are journalists with local media houses. They allegedly threatened Sachdev that they would file a fake atrocity case against him if he did not pay the money soon.
After Sachdev complained to the anti- extortion cell, the police laid a trap. “We asked the complainant to tell the accused that he would pay the money in two instalments. According to our instructions, he called them to come and collect the first instalment of Rs1 lakh on Thursday. We laid a trap and arrested Sonawane and Ballar red-handed,” said a police officer from the anti-extortion cell.
The third accused did not come to collect the money and the police are yet to arrest him.
“We have seized a four-wheeler in which the culprits used to come to the spot. We are trying to identify the car owner with help of RTO officials,” he said.
The police have booked the accused under sections 364a, 384, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. They were produced before the judicial court on Friday.
When asked if the accused had extorted money from other people, another police officer said: “We are investigating the case. So far, we have not found any criminal record against them.”