Four people were arrested for posing as crime branch officials and trying to extort Rs 10 lakh from two tempo drivers on the Western Express Highway on Monday evening.
The Samta Nagar police got a tip-off about the two vehicles being intercepted, after which they reached the spot and arrested the four accused.
The two vehicles were transporting gutkha – which is banned – into Mumbai. The police said the men did not let the drivers go for around two hours, until they reached the spot.
The accused, Izrat Sayyed, Kaif Khan, Kishore Baisane and Harendra Singh, stopped the two tempos on the WEH in Kandivli (East) around 4pm on Monday. The men told the drivers they are crime branch officials and asked the drivers what they were transporting.
As the drivers were ferrying gutkha, the accused first threatened to press charges, but then demanded Rs10 lakh from them to not file the FIR. The drivers refused.
When the Samta Nagar police got to the spot, the accused told them that they were anti-corruption activists from an NGO, but the drivers told the police about how the four were trying to extort money.
“We have registered a case of extortion against the four men and have seized two bikes. A case has been registered against the drivers for ferrying gutkha worth Rs2.24 lakh,” said an officer from the Samta Nagar police station.