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2 ‘journalists’ held for attempt to cheat shop owner

mumbai Updated: May 28, 2016 12:09 IST

MUMBAI: The Kurar police arrested two men on Thursday for trying to extort money from an imitation jewellery trader by posing as journalists. This is the third such case in the past three months where ‘journalists’ have tried to extort money from shopkeepers in Malad-Kandivli belt.

On Thursday, two men approached Satya Ranjit Yadav, who runs an imitation jewellery shop at Chaudhari compound in Kurar, Malad (East). The two introduced themselves as Manish Suvarna, 20, and Satish Chaurasiya, 27. While flashing his press card, Chaurasiya told Yadav he is an executive editor.

The two told Yadav there was a complaint against his workshop from an organisation called Navjeevan Samaj Sevasangh. According to the duo, the organisation complained that the shop was set up illegally.

In his complaint to the police, Yadav told officers that the men warned him they would arrange for an inspection and also about registering a case with the police. The men then demanded Rs25,000 from him.

“Suspecting their intentions, Yadav dialled Mumbai police control room number 100 and alerted the helpline about the men. Soon after, a police team was sent and the two were taken into custody,” said an officer from Kurar police station.

First Published: May 28, 2016 12:09 IST