Two Fake journalists were arrested by goregaon police for extorting Rs 55,000 from a spa
Mumbai – Indradev Pandey
The Goregaon police have initiated the proceedings of against a group of journalists of local publications after two journalists were arrested for extorting Rs 55,000 from a spa on the pretext of enquiring if they were adhering to the norms of operations post lockdown.
According to the spa owner Poonam Jain (33) she had started a spa in January 2020 and after few months had begun recieving calls from the accused Abhinandan Paliwal (32) and Ankit Gupta (25) to pay them “hafta”. “After the unlock procedure in the state had begun, private establishments were reopening. Taking advantage of the situation, the accused duo, introduced themselves as journalists and began enquiring about the operations. The duo later threatened to conduct a raid at the spa and accused them of illegal activities,” said a police officer from Goregaon police station.
Jain in her statement to the police said that when she initially received a call from the duo to pay them Rs 55,000, she assumed it to a prank call and dismissed it however the accused went to her spa and threatened her that they would lodge a fake complaint that her spa was indulging in illegal actions and get a raid conducted by the police. Jain paid them the extortion amount by different transactions but later their demand increased and they demanded Rs 55,000 again, she suspected foul play and approached the police.
“They had also threatened to throw acid on my face if I did not pay them,” said Jain.
Officers said that there have been many complaints against Gupta, Paliwal and three others who are their accomplices. The five have been introducing themselves as journalists and extorting money from small establishments like spa and beauty salons threatening them of conducting police raids in their establishments claiming to be running prostitution business in their shops.