6 fake rights body members held for extortion

6 fake rights body members held for extortion

Six people, including a history-sheeter, have been arrested for extorting money from a businessman  by posing as  members of the state human rights organisation, police said.  

Ramachandra and  five of his  accomplices  visited  a handbag-manufacturing unit in Sampigehalli, North Bengaluru, by posing as  members of the human rights organisation and confronted the owner,  Shahbaz, for "employing" child labourers. They asked him to pay Rs 2 lakh or  they  would  file  a criminal case against him and lock down  his firm.

Shahbaz sought some time to arrange the money. Meanwhile, the gang  demanded refreshment.

Doubting their bona fides,  Shahbaz informed  a friend who, in turn, alerted the jurisdictional Sampigehalli police.  

The police rushed to the spot and arrested the gang. A preliminary investigation showed  that Ramachandra is a history-sheeter at the Indiranagar police station as there are several cases against him.  The other suspects were identified as Santosh Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Puttaraju, Karthik and Nikhil Oliver.

Police registered a case and recovered fake ID cards from the suspects. They are also  investigating whether the suspects were involved in similar extortion and impersonation cases.  

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