Mandsaur: Four extortionists who had demanded Rs 50 lakh ransom from a local businessman and threatened to kidnap his son if he failed to do so, were publicly thrashed and paraded by police here.
The extortionists who had created terror in the region were caught on the basis of their cellphone locations one after another, police said today.
Police first caught Iqbal (22) following a tip-off and his mobile phone location after businessman Murtaza Bohra complained about the extortion call and threats.
Later, on information provided by Iqbal, the other three identified as Amir 21, Mazhab 30 and Haider Pathan 22 were arrested by police and paraded.
Justifying police action, Mandsaur Kotwali Police Station in-charge, R D Mishra said that police took them out in a procession and forced them to do sit-ups in public to teach them a lesson and to end their fear specially among businessmen and also to instill confidence in people.