Two held for try­ing to ex­tort ` 2 lakh from hote­lier

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

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