In a trap laid by the Superintendent of police (SSP) Noida team, a Station house officer (SHO) of sector 20 police station, Manoj Pant was arrested along with three Noida based journalists Sushil Pandit, Raman Thakur and Udit Goyal for extorting Rs 8 Lakh from a Call Center in that area.
Noida: Police Inspector Manoj Pant (of Sector-20 police station) arrested & suspended from duty, 3 journalists arrested and another inspector Jaiveer Singh absconding, in connection with in an extortion case.
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According to the charges, the accused were caught while extorting money from a call centre owner for removing his name from an FIR, which was registered against him in November last year.
A Mercedes Car was seized from one of the journalists, which prima facie, seems to be associated with some “criminal activity”. The extorted amount along with one .32 bore pistol was also recovered from their possession.
Additional SHO of Sector 20 police station, Jaiveer Singh, has also been suspended for his alleged involvement in the case, an officer from Noida police station confirmed.