Mathura: 4 journalists out of 7 detained for extortion of tradesman, according to the cops


Mathura police arrested four journalists and three police officers for extorting money from a businessman by threatening to implicate him in a bogus case. The defendants were arrested Thursday, and brought before a court which sent them into judicial detention.

The arrested journalists were identified as Richa Sharma (50), Ajeet Kumar (27), Jitendra Sharma (29) and Bahadur (28). Police are looking for two other local journalists and are gathering information on the four people arrested.

Police Commissioner (SP) Dr Gaurav Grover suspended officers from Farah Station who were arrested. They were identified as Deputy Inspector Digambar Singh (30) and Constables Naresh Kumar (28) and Jitendra Raghav (36).

Senior Deputy Inspector Satyaveer Singh said businessman Mukesh Agarwal complained on Wednesday evening that his truck loaded with rice was stopped by the four journalists on the Delhi-Agra highway. They allegedly asked the truck driver to show them the vehicle papers and the rice being transported. When the driver, Amarjeet Singh, attempted to question them, the accused took out a camera and began to film him. After Singh refused to show them the paper, the accused threatened to have the truck seized and to file a complaint against him with the police.

The four then allegedly asked the driver to call Mukesh and demand Rs 3 lakh. They warned that non-compliance would result in police action. A few minutes later, the three policemen on two separate bikes arrived and also began to threaten the driver. Amarjeet then called Mukesh and informed him of the incident. The businessman spoke directly to senior police officials and lodged a complaint, alleging that the accused had also extorted money from him days earlier.

Mathura (CO) refinery circle officer Abhishek Tiwari said that when alerted, a police team went to the scene and arrested the seven accused.

The commander said the three officers did not notify their superiors of the truck check. Police said during questioning that it emerged that the accused had extorted money from several businessmen by stopping their trucks on the national road and threatening to entrap them. They also reportedly threatened traders with having their goods seized.

The police claimed to have recovered the identity cards of various press houses from the arrested journalists. Additional Police Superintendent Martand Prakash Singh said a police team will contact the media to verify identity cards and notify them of the arrests.

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